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okay bassically i use my pc for games and watching films (at least when it comes to sound). I am perfectly happy with my on board sound quality, im only using a fairly cheap 2.1 so its not like i need something expencive!

There is however the argument that because im not using a sound card it taxes my system more than necessary! i havnt decided yet if im going to bother getting one but id just like to know what it would cost me to get a card vthats about on par with my onboard?

the board has realtek hd 7.1 sound

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Do you use speaker or headphones? Go for the Asus Xonar DS if you use speakers or the DG if you use headphones. Stay away from Creative sound cards. This card would blow your onboard out of the water.

Here is a link to the DS
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What is your price tag? And do you use headphones or just speakers?
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post #4 of 16
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Originally Posted by KingFrizzy View Post
Do you use speaker or headphones? Go for the Asus Xonar DS if you use speakers or the DG if you use headphones. Stay away from Creative sound cards. This card would blow your onboard out of the water.

Here is a link to the DS
This was exactly what I was going to say. Or if you have a higher budget and want the best sound quality possible, go for the xonar stx. It is absolutely amazing! It is also pci-e instead of pci, if that matters to you.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829132010
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post #5 of 16
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This was exactly what I was going to say. Or if you have a higher budget and want the best sound quality possible, go for the xonar stx. It is absolutely amazing! It is also pci-e instead of pci, if that matters to you.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829132010
He said he didn't want to break the bank but yes the ST and STX are great cards but for headphones not speakers. Due to the built in headphone amp.
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post #6 of 16
Uhh..you obviously don't care about the enormous sound improvement you'll be getting from a sound card.

On top of that you have a fricken' i5 2500k @ 4Ghz. The sound processing ISN'T taxing your CPU. Those days are long gone.

Honestly, just stick with on board if you don't care for quality boost you're gonna' get.

If you don't want to spend more than 30 bucks for a sound card, just get an XtremeMusic or something.
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post #7 of 16
I agree with Simca, if you're only concerned with taxing your CPU don't bother.
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post #8 of 16
Just out of curiosity, why avoid creative?
Doesn't asus use the X-Fi chip in their cards?
As well as Auzentech?
How is it a company using creatives product is good, but the creative product isn't?
Sorry, not trying to hijack the thread, I'm just curious.
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post #9 of 16
If you do not care about improving sound quality do not bother with a sound card. Any cpu time given to processing sound will not make a dent in your performance. You are better off just saving the money.
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post #10 of 16
Quote:
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Just out of curiosity, why avoid creative?
Doesn't asus use the X-Fi chip in their cards?
As well as Auzentech?
How is it a company using creatives product is good, but the creative product isn't?
Sorry, not trying to hijack the thread, I'm just curious.
many people had issues with Creative's drivers when Vista rolled out (and this extended to Win7 as well). i've been using a Creative sound card for the last 4 years through XP, Vista, and Win7 and i've had essentially no issues.

the single issue i've encountered (and it's happened twice now) is while attempting to install a driver i get an error message that says "this software does not support the operating system installed on this computer. the device driver cannot be installed" (loose wording). both times it's happened under Win7 64 bit and both times i resolved it by installing a different driver version.
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