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  1. oli_ramsay

    oli_ramsay

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    I wanna get a sound card, my budget is ~£30.

    How's this one?

    EDIT: It needs to be compatible with win7 :)
     
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    Well grab the Xonar DX.
     
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    thanks, would it fit in a pci-e 16x slot?
     
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    Pci-e sound cards are all x1 so they basically fits in any pci-e slots

    Edit: This is your board right?
    Just put the sound card into the slot above the second pci-e x16.
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    looks fine to me
     
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    tigger I'm the only one

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    My xonar dx is in my bottom x16(x4) slot and works fine.
     
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    the two 1x slots are inaccessible because of my video card cooler, would it work in this slot?
     
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    Yup. PCIE 1/4/8x cards work in 16x slots and all of that.. Just stay away from anything Creative, ASUS makes the best.
     
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    I have that same board and that have a similar pci-e soundcard and yes it will work in a 16x slot
     
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    I would recommend DS1 over DX since sound quality should be identical and the prices are near identical as well, unless you have no spare PCI slots available. Worth mentioning is that DS1 is actually the newer and "improved model". It was released few months after DX and it actually has a "feature" that I believe DX does not: an onboard internal S/PDIF header. (I think this can be seen in the product images on Newegg) DS1 lacks the floppy power connector found on DX, which I find to be a positive thing even with all the talk about power signal purity. Also, DS1 lacks the PCI Express bridge chip from PLX which was confirmed to have issues with some motherboards with nVidia chipsets.

    After researching thoroughly I recently bought a Xonar DS1 and after owning three different Creative cards (one Audigy and two X-Fi) I must say DS1 beats them all. Even ASUS's software EAX solution is pretty good and quite transparent to the user. (No need to play with Alchemy under Vista to get EAX working.)
     
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    hmm, thanks.

    I may save a few quid and get the Xonar DS.
     
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    Own a Xonar D2X iv had numerous creative cards and i have to say that im absolutely loving the asus imo its deff worth the $200 i paid for the card.

    O and if you have troubl with the drivers in win 7 let me know im your guy i had driver issues apparently their are some with most 7 installs but its a super simple fix.
     
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    auzentech forte, its pci express, has x-fi technology and great components. If I could afford one, I would own one myself.
     
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    I have a xonar d2x in a full size (x16) pci-e slot and don't have any trouble - just make sure it's secured properly to the case so it can't shift and it'll work fine.
     

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