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Looking to upgrade from onboard sound, and just picked up some HARX900 headphones. My speakers are Promedia 2.1's. Just looking for a good budget upgrade from my onboard realtek now.

Thinking Xonar DG, but worried about buying a $20 sound card. I don't need a $200 one, but I'm wondering if I'll notice a big difference with the DG. Primary use will be gaming (mostly FPS and RPG) and music (mostly metal).
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quoting that u want to buy xonar dg, u might be using on a pci slot. xonar is a good choice, otherwise auzen prelude but they are hard to find and abit expensive.
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quoting that u want to buy xonar dg, u might be using on a pci slot. xonar is a good choice, otherwise auzen prelude but they are hard to find and abit expensive.
I really don't want to go over $50. I'm not really an audiophile, just looking to improve my gaming and music experience a bit. Willing to go used, too.

I don't run SLI, so I could go either PCI-E, or PCI. Both slots are open if I move my video card. Does slot really make a difference on a sound card?
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then xonar dg could be your choice i'm not sure about the prices in US. its around sgd$80 here. so i'm roughly guessing
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It's $20 after MIR on newegg. Just noticed that my PCI slot is right above my power supply, though. Not sure if that'll interfere with the cooling of the PSU or not.
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If your not an audiophile what's wrong with onboard sound?
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Quote:
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If your not an audiophile what's wrong with onboard sound?
not all audiophile needs a sound card. it just like "i need a better sound output".
i've been cursing at my on-board once i start listening to it. realtek is rubbish.

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It's $20 after MIR on newegg. Just noticed that my PCI slot is right above my power supply, though. Not sure if that'll interfere with the cooling of the PSU or not.
not sure about the interfere part tho. i'm using the same slot as what u had mentioned.
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If your not an audiophile what's wrong with onboard sound?
Because listening to stuff like Slayer sounds like absolute garbage through these new headphones. Gaming is also kinda flat. Was just looking to find a cheap upgrade.
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Xonar D2X (PCI-E)
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Xonar D2X (PCI-E)
No thanks. $200.
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