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Not really fussed about music or movie sound quality, Just pure gaming.

Will be running head phones only
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If it's a really low budget card, get the Asus DG. It seems to be decent.
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What games do you play? It would help to know if they use 5.1 or 7.1 direct sound, special effects like EAX (mostly older games), etc. Also, what headphones will you be using?
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I play a mix of loads, from the first FEAR to Metro 2033

A big variety

Head phones are not stupidly cheap but not overly expensive as I tend to break them
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Given that you already have a SupremeFX X-Fi for onboard sound, I promise you that a cheapo sound card would be a waste of money. You can always buy buy buy, test test test and then return return return. I wouldn't buy sound cards from the internet, just for that reason.
Edited by cuad - 3/8/11 at 2:01pm
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Given that you already have a SupremeFX X-Fi for onboard sound, I promise you that a cheapo sound card would be a waste of money. You can always buy buy buy, test test test and then return return return. I wouldn't buy sound cards from the internet, just for that reason.
My board doesn't run X-FI, that's one ROG feature that wasn't given to my board.

Found this, Any good?

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...#ht_1866wt_906
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My board doesn't run X-FI, that's one ROG feature that wasn't given to my board.

Found this, Any good?

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...#ht_1866wt_906
It's decent. Double the price and you can get a Xonar DX.
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My board doesn't run X-FI, that's one ROG feature that wasn't given to my board.

Found this, Any good?

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...#ht_1866wt_906
Still not worth it. Onboard has come a long way and you won't hear a difference that is worth the price you paid... if you even hear one at all. Really, cheapo sound cards should be used with old old LGA775 boards but not really anything newer. Nothing would really be worth the price up until you reach the Xonar DX. It's got an AV100/CMI8788 (tops in the PC Sound card industry for music anyway), which is used on the £120 Xonar Essence STX. Although the Essence has other parts that are better.
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I would recommend getting a Creative X-Fi XtremeGamer off eBay. I scored mine for $35, love it for games and music.
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Still not worth it. Onboard has come a long way and you won't hear a difference that is worth the price you paid... if you even hear one at all. Really, cheapo sound cards should be used with old old LGA775 boards but not really anything newer. Nothing would really be worth the price up until you reach the Xonar DX. It's got an AV100/CMI8788 (tops in the PC Sound card industry for music anyway), which is used on the £120 Xonar Essence STX. Although the Essence has other parts that are better.
Depending on his headphones, he WILL notice a difference from onboard. I've done side-by-side comparisons with onboard (ALC888 and ALC1200) and a stock X-Fi XtremeMusic. The difference was readily discernible in both cases especially if you start up a game.
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