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whats your budget?
around gbp100 perhaps.

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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.
ah i thought sound card really do give a slight boost on fps since less burden goes to motherboard.thanks for the info

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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?
thanks for the recommendation.choosing is harder than i thought
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I just removed the X-Fi from my sig rig, so I could use the front-panel jacks on my case. Purely more convenient for plugging/removing headphones, and I don't listen to music or watch movies on that rig.
Just thought I'd respond to this if anyone hasn't already... there should be a set of pins on your X-Fi where you can connect your front panel audio jack to.

As for the thread, sound cards are brilliant, a friend of mine recently bought a Xonar DX and he said he can hear the difference on a set of £40 Creative T6160's. I guess it's all down to the individual.

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around gbp100 perhaps.
Have you considered the Xonar Essence ST/STX?
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Just thought I'd respond to this if anyone hasn't already... there should be a set of pins on your X-Fi where you can connect your front panel audio jack to.

As for the thread, sound cards are brilliant, a friend of mine recently bought a Xonar DX and he said he can hear the difference on a set of £40 Creative T6160's. I guess it's all down to the individual.



Have you considered the Xonar Essence ST/STX?
i think i just gonna buy xonar dx. seems like it got many versions like d2x. gbp 100 is a budget for speaker/headphone
do you have any good recommendation? customPC(UK mag) recommended razer carcharias.grab it or not?
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The STX got a headphone amp in it which is great for online gaming
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The STX got a headphone amp in it which is great for online gaming
The headphone amplifier doesn't do anything to help online gaming.
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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.
What?

Have you seen how much BC2 loads down your CPU while in 5.1? It takes roughly an entire thread which bottle down dual cores horrendously.

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/mul...i_9.html#sect0

2 FPS, but its there.
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What?

Have you seen how much BC2 loads down your CPU while in 5.1? It takes roughly an entire thread which bottle down dual cores horrendously.

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/mul...i_9.html#sect0

2 FPS, but its there.
BC2 Specifically dedicates CPU resources to software sound processing though.

I think it is more of an exception.
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Benefits of a sound card include:
  • Better positioning in games.
  • Clearer richer sound.
  • Amplification of headphones and passive speakers.
  • In some rare cases, increased performance.
  • Enhanced audio effects with more "on screen" sounds.
Many games sound new when you improve your audio quality.




Nah, the only sound cards you should really invest in is the Xonar DX or the Creative Titanium HD imo. Though those are for the best bang for the buck components.
In current games, especially emulation, you can actually gain a half decent performance boost (within reason) from having a dedicated sound card, but i suppose if somebody were to get one, i douth if would be solely for that reason ofc.
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What?

Have you seen how much BC2 loads down your CPU while in 5.1? It takes roughly an entire thread which bottle down dual cores horrendously.

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/mul...i_9.html#sect0

2 FPS, but its there.
That article is from 2006. On-board audio has come light years in all aspects since then.
    
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