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Old 03-09-11, 09:18 PM   #1
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Hi all,

I've been thinking about getting a sound card for my PC. Now, I have no problems with my on board Realtek audio, but something tells me that a sound card is one of those things that you don't know you're missing until you have one.

So is it worth getting a sound card? If so, what are some recommendations? (I'm primarily interested in just having games sound as good as possible)
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Old 03-09-11, 10:23 PM   #2
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what is your speaker setup?
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Old 03-09-11, 11:59 PM   #3
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I have a PCI Sound Blaster X-fi Fatality and Logitech Z-680 for speakers and the X-fi is def better sounding than the onboard sound on my mobo. However from all the reviews I have read, eg from Hardocp
the card to get now is the Sound Blaster Titanium HD, i have heard the ASUS Xonars are also good but the titanium is better. This is the sound card i'm going to upgrade to in the next couple of weeks.

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http://www.hardocp.com/article/2010/...d_card_review/
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Old 03-10-11, 12:21 AM   #4
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I have the Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Gamer sound card, Its a great sound card(not to hard on the wallet either)and a good step up from on-board. You pretty much hit the nail on the head when you said ...

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one of those things that you don't know you're missing until you have one
Its kind of like going from a low res CRT monitor and then buying a decent large flat screen, Or using cheap headphones and buying a good pair .... Its like wow.

I still remember playing games like Battlefield 2/2142, Counter Strike source etc when i put my X-Fi Xtreme Gamer sound card in my system, I remember playing and just thinking how unbelievable the explosions sounded, How much better the guns sound, I could hear things in all my games i couldn't here before.

Even with stereo headphones creatives X-Fi CMSS-3D technology does a great job, Especially in games like CS:S when listening for footsteps.

Sure on-board sound is getting better now but its sill cant compare to a dedicated sound card.
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for me games was least different, but music sounded COMPLETELY different. almost uncomfortably clear. took me like a week to adapt.

thread jack: should i disable the onboard audio in bios? i didn't, and maybe once every couple weeks i get a BSOD in BFBC2, and i think it may be audio related...
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Yip, Disable ... Windows will have installed drivers for your on-board ... Could cause a confliction.

Maybe your BF issue.

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for me games was least different, but music sounded COMPLETELY different. almost uncomfortably clear. took me like a week to adapt.
Agreed, Both movies and music sound great.
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is that what azalia audio is? i couldnt find any integrated audio option....
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I used to use Creative cards, but I got sick of the popping and crappy-ass drivers so I tried out a Asus Xonar DX and I am loving it!
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I used to use Creative cards, but I got sick of the popping and crappy-ass drivers so I tried out a Asus Xonar DX and I am loving it!
I find the drivers so confusing, Creative make it so hard to update them! As for popping I have never had that since I upgraded from a SB Live to an Audigy 2 ZS.
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I'd love to get that Titanium card, but my budget is around $60 - $70. Also, my PCI-E 1x slot is covered up by my CPU cooler, so would I be able to stick a PCI-E 1x card into a full-size 16x slot?

@Roadhog - I have a pair of Sennheiser HD 202 headphones. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16826106508
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Intel17, yes you can stick a PCI-E 1x into a PCI-E 16x slot.
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I bought the Asus Xonar DS and Corsair HS1 Headset. I tried the headset first and you can definitely hear small things better such as footsteps and the brush moving in BC2. Adding the sound card made things "louder" I guess is the best way to describe it. Can't remember the exact version but I think it's the latest driver available from Asus makes everything muffled. Switching to an older driver fixed the problem.
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