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i'd like to get either a ssd or a sound card.my motherboard is a asus p6x58D premium.
how is the p6x58d's onboard sound compared to the x-fi titanium fatality editions?
and is it worth it going championship and not pro for front panel ports?
and if ssd option is better choice,then what ssd should i get? 64mb g.skill phoenix? or crucial realssd 64gb or 128gb option?
i do plan on going ssd sometime later anyways,and i just want to launch apps and boot from the ssd and not copy anything else or do file handing with the ssd. im going for gaming build,thats why i want the pc to give dedicated sound and turn off onboard sound in bios to boost up some more performance and turn temps down a bit more with inactive soundbox (temp freak,going to overclock mad),and all games will be launched from the wd caviar black.so please tell me what i should get,ssd or sound card?

as im going to launch and run games from the wd caviar hdd,do i even need the ssd? (i rarely turn my pc off btw) and as for faster app loading...just how necessary would it be to have an ssd when i rarely turn pc off and only thing i'll prolly do with ssd is launch firefox or a web browser? would i even be able to tell the difference in surfing or launching small program apps from ssd or the hdd? (7200rpm,64mb)

and as for the sound card,is the front panel of the fatality champ worth it? (freeing up mobo area as champ editions have front 5.25 bay where sound card is on THERE instead of usual pci-e slot from mobo between two heating 5770 on x-fire and creating more heat
or should i just buy pro as extra heat from sound card doesnt matter much?
 

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sound cards don't make a difference unless you have some super fancy audio equipment
 

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will you notice the sound difference with a sound card?

it comes to personal taste. do you think audio quality is more important, or load and startup times?

It's hard for others to decide for you.
 

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SSD.

Unless you've got a bang up 7.1 sound stage, or you're a musician, I don't really see the reason to go beyond onboard sound.

...unless it's a high end card that offloads the processing off your cpu.

...or your onboard sound craps out.
 

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Well...

Since you asked in the SSD section of the site...

But really with Windows 7's new sound stack there is no hardware offloading any more really, so the only advantage of a new soundcard is better signal to noise ratio.. so if you don't like the sound of you current sound chip that much...
It won't help overclocking or temperature...

Whereas an SSD will make your computer feel like it's fast... which I assume is one of your goals... also if you get a big enough one like 60 or so GB you will have room for a few of your favourite games on there.

Also if you just want to speed up Firefox try a RAMDisk... I have an SSD and I still have my RAMDisk setup from when I had my HDD... it helps with Write reduction on the SSD, so I kept it.
 
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