ok so hold off on the RAM and get a good sound card. I gave my old rig to a friend.http://www.overclock.net/jokes-humor...ml#post1471394
I still have a pair of ligitech z-5500 that I have been using with onboard sound...not bad but I need to get another...I had really bad experince with x-fi stuff had to RMA 2 of them. I ended up with an explosion DTS but gave that to my bro with the rest of my old rig.
I was thinking of going with http://www.auzentech.com/site/products/x-meridian.php
unless someone can convince me something else is better
I can't believe it ..i was just looking through the x-fi on soundblaster's site and correct me if I'm wrong ,but if I want to use the optical input( like I would use any other) on my z-5500's I have to get an x-fi card that has bay mount of a addon device like the elite pro? this would then force to run the optical cable to the front of my case??? this is stupid!! sry to be negitive but ***?
Never even heard of em. But a sound card isnt really that crucial if you are listen to audio. Maybe if you edit thatw ould be a different story. Go for it if you dont feel comfortabel with X FI. And why would you splash out on a sound card just to mod it? It should meet the needs for that price.
Here is the one problem with going to a non-creative soundcard... You don't get full Open AL support or EAX support... I believe the non-creative cards only support up to EAX 2.0? My card has got EAX 5.0 support. Very nice. I got that front bay it's very nice. :O Also, if your running an analog cable like 3 feet? You won't notice the difference between optical and analog... Anything over 30 feet I would go optical. Just buy some good quality analog cable. IE Monster Cables
P.S. All other Creative Products suck except maybe their speakers... I had a Zen Micro when it first came out and it sucked wang.
X-Fi has EAX 5, a big selling point apparently, even though I don't see it myself =)
The Elite Pro I/O console is a nice, external piece of kit. Connects to the back of the card [On the outside of your case] and has a cable about as long as your standard DVI cable. I bought one, and actually find it useful.
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