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Hey all!

Okay so I have a set of Logitech X-540's, and I get a bit of a high-pitched whine from them at mid-volume.

Although I feel like a sound card is not the solution to this, I feel like an upgrade from onboard to soundcard audio might be a good thing (especially since I have a pretty awesome set of speakers). And, perhaps with the upgrade, it may even rid me of that weird whine. Two birds, one stone maybe?

What do you guys think?

Oh. And I'm still a poor student---I was thinking like $30-40 for a used or marketplace card. Something like FearSC549's X-Fi XtremeGamer or similar items I can find on ebay that won't decimate my sandwich funds. Suggestions?

Thanks!
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Even though it might not be a solution to the high pitched whine, a sound card will definitely improve sound quality. I used to use my XtremeMusic with my X-530(same speaker as X-540), and even with a mediocre computer speaker, I can tell there's an improvement.

For sound cards, you can go with mine; it's a great sound card in my opinion. I had an XtremeMusic for around 8 months and I RMAed it because I broke it. I got a XtremeGamer which I used for 3 months until I(didn't break by itself) broke it again, by accidentally yanking it out of the slot while operating -_-.During RMAing, I bought another sound card, which makes the XtremeGamer moot.

If you want another sound card, there's ASUS' Xonar DS and DG
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You could go for a Xonar DG, it got pretty good reviews.

Also an option from ebay may be to buy an older creative card and add some modded drivers (provided here) to turn into an X-Fi. Check out the thread to see which cards are compatible. You can find one of those second hand for under 10$.

*EDIT: On a more personal note, my Audigy SE modded to XFi sound much better on the X530 than the onboard. The realtek codec outputs some whine/hissing depending on the software used and the speed of the case fans.
Edited by dragosmp - 2/2/11 at 1:21am
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I would try getting a used Striker 2nd hand off eBay. It sounds way better than my crappy onboard Realtek sound card and better than my old Asus Maximus SE PCIE 1x SoundMAX AD1988B.

http://cgi.ebay.com/HT-Omega-STRIKER...item2c5a891763

http://cgi.ebay.com/HT-Omega-STRIKER...item35afa765bf
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post #5 of 5
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Thanks all for your suggestions!
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If you want another sound card, there's ASUS' Xonar DS and DG.
-@FearSC549: This is a great suggestion. The Xonar is inexpensive, simple, and would give my sound a definite boost (I hope). I'm no audiophile. Ya plus the fact that Newegg's DG is at $25 with a rebate, would definitely help my wallet.
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The realtek codec outputs some whine/hissing depending on the software used and the speed of the case fans.
-@dragosmp: I hope that it is definitely the realtek codec that's making the whine. It'd solve some of the headaches that naturally come of the noise.
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I would try getting a used Striker 2nd hand off eBay.
-@anoob: Ha this card looks ultimate. I want! Ya but after looking around for used Strikers, except for the two on ebay you posted, there aren't really many used ones out there. = /
Edited by TheScarecrow - 2/2/11 at 2:12pm
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