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I've never really been a big fan of purchasing a sound card, but looking at some reviews and stuff people have been saying about them makes me want to check them out. (Really I just wanna see the difference from on-board audio) I'm buying a Asus IV Formula and I also read that the on-board audio on that is pretty nice.

Will it be worth it to buy a sound card and how much better is the sound quality??

If it is which brand/model would you guys recommend?? Again i'm a noob to sound cards, audio, etc. So hopefully someone can help me out.

It'll be for my music and games. (I currently have the Klipsch 4.1 ProMedia)

Thanks Guys! biggrin.gif
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post #2 of 19
A sound card will clean up the sound, meaning that as you do things like raise the volume, the sound won't distort, thus it will feel much nicer on your ears. Actually this also applies to sounds at regular volumes too. the sound will be softer or more comforting on your ears.

I can't give you any sound card recommendations for speakers tho, cause I don't have experience in that area. If you have a pair of decent headphoans, the Asus Xonar DG will take care of you. (19.99 after rebate on newegg; insanely worth it).
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For gaming I would recommend a creative X-fi. In games like battlefield it really sounds great.
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[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Xonar-DX-Channels-Express-Interface/dp/B0017DJXG6"]Amazon.com: ASUS Xonar DX 7.1 Channels PCI Express Interface Sound Card: Electronics[/ame]

Xonar DX. Best gaming/music/movie card possible for a budget.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Nick911;12367739 
Amazon.com: ASUS Xonar DX 7.1 Channels PCI Express Interface Sound Card: Electronics

Xonar DX. Best gaming/music/movie card possible for a budget.

If his motherboard lets him put a PCIe x1 card in the PCIe x16 slot then the DX will be ok, but at that price range, the HT Omega Striker is better, and PCI
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post #6 of 19
Thread Starter 
Alright I'll check out the Asus and Creative sound cards. The Asus one is looking good tho.

And is it much better then on-board audio? (Asus IV Formula X-Fi)

Thanks alot.
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NIGHT AND DAY. On board is HORRID!
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post #8 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nick911;12367739 
Xonar DX. Best gaming/music/movie card possible for a budget.

+1 to that

The ASUS Xonar DX is cheaper in newegg.
    
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Thread Starter 
Alright thanks alot guys.

+Rep for those who helped me (=
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While the Xonar DX is a great card, I'd check out this deal: http://www.overclock.net/online-deals/939966-creative-store-xifi-xtremegamer-refurb-35-a.html Really, it's a steal for comparable performance to the DX. That said, I'd probably pick a DX over the XtremeGamer, but the price is hard to pass up.
     
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