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  1. ShinyG

    ShinyG New Member

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    Hi guys,

    First of, thanks for everyone for helping me choose parts for my new system (see my system specs).
    I have somewhat of a dilemma in regards to my sound card.

    Currently I have a AVLabs Audacity 7.1, based on Via's Envy 24 HT-S leftover from my old system. Link

    Should I keep this or use the onboard Realtek ALC885 from the LANPARTY DK 790GX-M2RS?

    P.S.
    For speakers I use these suckers: Genius SW-HF 5.1 5005

    Thanks
     
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    Hey

    Sorry to hijack your thread but...

    What are the actual advantages of a sound card?

    Olly
     
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    You mean the advantages of a PCI sound car over the onboard one?
     
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    You get alot better sound :)

    I got a asus xonar - its a pretty decent card for average use. Only problem with it, is that it dosent have eax 3 and 4, and only emulates eax5
     
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    Advantages of PCI over onboard, yes:)
     
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    the onboard is a codec, it translate the audio but it dont process it, a sound card process it and translate it. Also i read at newegg, onboard audio from that mobo SUCKS MONKEY BALLS
     
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    haha mmmk.

    might have to get me a Creative Sound Blaster X-FI Titanium PCIe Fatality Pro :)
     
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    Definetaly takes avantages against to mainboard audio. İt worths to upgrade. You could buy x-fi titanium series card.
     
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    +1 to that, they are pretty small and ITS AT LEAST A USE FOR THOSE STUPID PCIE X1
     
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    Well, for once, I don't plan on upgrading my soundcard to anything made by Creative. They have terrible support for drivers, especially for Vista, which I plan to upgrade to as soon as possible. Their cards have the tendency to be somewhat overpriced also.
    I'll probably get a Xonar sometime in the future but at the moment I plant to just keep my current sound card if you guys say the onboard is worse.
    The old Envy did it's job for the last two years without a hitch! The only thing missing is a connector for Front Panel Audio...

    As a not for my particular mobo: the PCI-E x1 slot becomes unusable when using a two slot video card. I wouldn't recommend using it even with a single slot one as the sound car might block the cooling fan or at least obstruct it...
     
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    İ see. İ think asus xonar reasonable choice except game against x-fi. İf your priority doesn't abaout the game you could buy xonar.
     

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