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I'd say get a cheap sound card like the xtreme music to see how you like it and then let the addiction take its hold from there .
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thanks guy ! u r all awesome !you guys successfully push me to pull a trigger on asus xonar dx since the price is quite reasonable.
is there any suggestion on good headphones?need to change my crappy altec lansing 2.1 speaker.

im interested with this one http://www.ebuyer.com/product/158648...edium=products

what do you guys think?

I'd get some nice sennheisers if I were you
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1. Incorrect, many motherboards today use the Realteck ALC88X chipset. They have a SNR of over 100 (around 106).

2. Generally speaking, anything you do to any signal will degrade it, so that is a reason why some people do not like post processing effects.

3. I have not noticed dramatic changes with ASUS' Smart Volume Normalizer. This is subjective however.

4. Agreed.
thank you very much youra6 seems i have to refine my thought a little

1-it`s not all about the SnR what i meant that a sound card has more higher build quality for producing sound (board , circuits ,AC`s) than on-board even some now have EMI shields which leads to many thing and high SnR is one of them

2-i did`nt say anything about post processing effects it`s about using a devoted CPU for audio can handle sound with alot more ease relieving the main CPU from dealing with sound a thing that may cause sometimes an OS crashing

3-as you just mentioned it`s subjective , but let`s take the Creative`s Crystallizer for an example i think it`s clearly a big deference.. right

4-agreed too

again a big thanks youra6 for this helpful post
    
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Im also looking for a sound card to replace my Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Gamer, theres no problem with this card but due to my sli setup cant fit it in my Asus R3F and im currently using my onboard sound which is a creative xfi2 supremeFX and with which i havent had any problems whatsoever, im not really picky when it comes to sound but i dont feel confident using onboard so im on the search for a PCI-E 1x sound card, i've seen many good reviews on the Asus xonar but their prices just kill it for me. I just came across this,


Is it worth it?
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I'd get some nice sennheisers if I were you
care to share which specific model would you choose?
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I don't know if this was said or not but one of the benefits of having a dedicated sound card for a game is that it takes the sound processing duties off of the CPU and moves it to the sound card so it might give you more fps in game. The reason I say might is because it all depends on where the bottleneck is in your system.

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Onboard GPU performance increased over the last decade and so has the onboard audio, but it's still an onboard audio/video.

Think of it as smartphone/gadget camera. Yes, they have improved, but it will never be as good as DSLR (Digital Single Reflex Camera) In fact, they keeping adding more MPs by software. Quality doesn't improve unless the image sensor is enlarged. No matter how much you improve that super tiny camera, its capabilities are limited by its size. Yes, both will take pictures, but quality wise? Hands down DSLR will shine...

Dedicated sound cards will always out-perform onboard audio. Motherboard companies cut costs on the onboard audio. People... Don't you know that? We want' everything inexpensive. Well, there ya go.

Anyway, audio is very subjective. For some $15 dollar skullcandy's sound amazing (e.g. "omg.. candy.. omg these r toaly kewl... baaassss...") lol...

Honestly, I can't imagine myself going back to onboard audio after owning the STX


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care to share which specific model would you choose?
whats your budget?
post #39 of 55
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I don't know if this was said or not but one of the benefits of having a dedicated sound card for a game is that it takes the sound processing duties off of the CPU and moves it to the sound card so it might give you more fps in game. The reason I say might is because it all depends on where the bottleneck is in your system.

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No offense but this is BS. At best, an expensive sound card will try to match the framerates your on-board audio chip's CPU usage, because any decent motherboard today has on-board audio that uses as few CPU cycles as possible. Sound cards do not ever add any FPS, in fact most low-end ones will lose you more frames due to bloated drivers and using more CPU cycles via whatever interface it uses (PCI/PCI-E). The advantage with some sound cards is that they provide better quality audio and static noise-free (well, not exactly noise free in all cases but as little as possible) audio by using the sound card's processor.
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if u can check the audio for sale section the first two when i posted this was a xonar dx and audio technica a700 http://www.overclock.net/audio/

u will be extremely happy with that combo, unless u have a higher budget id go with audio technicas or senns what is your budget?
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