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onboard is not that bad anymore
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post #12 of 37
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Originally Posted by cuad View Post
the Realtek ALC892. (Hint: that's your integrated sound card. )

I know for sure that the Realtek ALC889 (same as the ALC892 but missing one or two features you will probably never use) will max out every headphone up to the JVC HA-RX700 ($40). It's also very likely that they can fully drive headphones that are even better than the RX700s, but I don't have any to test. I'm thinking about grabbing some AD700s ($90) but I can't find any locally.

I can guarantee you though, that you will benefit more by upgrading your headphones rather than sound card.
My Realtek ALC889 can drive my HD555 to very high levels but it sounds ALOT more full when I plugged it into a receiver with an amp. I think the OP should get an amp instead of a new soundcard.
    
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post #13 of 37
yes, upgrade the soundcard. Yes, onboard has improved, but so have soundcards thus the gap between them is still significant.
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hmm very informative..I'm using Sennheiser HD555s would I still need to upgrade?
I don't know because I don't have experience w/ them, but it's probable.
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post #15 of 37
Asus has a $20 mail in rebate (March only) for the Xonar DX (PCI-E) and D1(PCI).
Asus Xonar DX or D1, $87.50 mail ordered, rebate minus $20 is $67.50
If you still using Win XP, stick with the X-Fi Xtreme Gamer.
The Xonar DX and D1 would sound better.
But even using Win 7, it may not be worth it.
If you could sell the Xtreme gamer for a decent price, then go DX or D1.
Might be better to spend $110 for a headphone amp off eBay.
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Asus has a $20 mail in rebate (March only) for the Xonar DX (PCI-E) and D1(PCI)
Also, the DX for sure and the D1 (I assume) have an RCA-Y cable included. Getting that cable at Bestbuy cost me over $20 so that will also bring down the net cost of the card.
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btw I forgot to ask, which one would be best for my mobo as I'm running an SLI don't know if I should go with PCI-E or PCI also have a wireless network adapter on one of the PCI slots in between the GTX 460s? I have one PCI-E slot open just above the first gtx 460
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btw I forgot to ask, which one would be best for my mobo as I'm running an SLI don't know if I should go with PCI-E or PCI also have a wireless network adapter on one of the PCI slots in between the GTX 460s? I have one PCI-E slot open just above the first gtx 460
I would go with the STX above your first gtx 460
    
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Asus has a $20 mail in rebate (March only) for the Xonar DX (PCI-E) and D1(PCI).
From where?
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