Sound card or video card? 8 replies

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Smitty025

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#1 12 years ago

Well, here's my situation: I have a good processor (3700+ San Diego), but I have a bad video card (FX 5600) and my sound card is not too great either (Sound Blaster Extigy). I need to upgrade both, as you can see. I have been hoping to get a 7800GT next month, and that would require the purchase of a PCI-e motherboard. However, due to recent problems with my sound card (broadcasting static in TeamSpeak after doing something memory intensive, like playing BF2) I see the need to get a new one.

As of right now I could afford a new sound card in the price range I would be happy with (I wouldn't have to get a new motherboard). I have no desire to spend anything more than $200 on a soundcard, I don't need professional audio, just something to play games with and listen to music on. I do want to have options open though, I may do some recording in the future, so I don't want a basic, no-frills card.

From what I know, a Sound Blaster card is best for gaming, but I've heard they have pretty poor quality for listening to music. If this is true, then has it changed with the new X-Fi series? I am looking at the X-Fi Platinum card (about $185), and I want to know if you guys have any experience with this line of cards. It seems to have everything I would need, but its pointless to have a bunch of features, but the card is a pile of crap. So, I guess what i'm basically asking is: Is this a good card for listening to music and gaming, and if not, please reccommend one that is.




rob.

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#2 12 years ago

Well, i would get a New Motherboard and Video Card to be honest....

Most new motherboards have pretty decent on-board sound.. Up to you..

For a sound card i would get a Sounblaster Audigy 2.




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#3 12 years ago

Yes, purchase a videocard and a motherboard with onboard sound for now. You can always add a soundcard later. Half-life2, Doom3 and I don't know what other new games don't use direct sound anyways. They coded their own sound engine and that uses your cpu and a soundcard does not accelerate or offload your cpu with these games. I don't know if this is becoming a trend or not, but for now the soundcard would be low on my priority list.


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#4 12 years ago
Smitty025Well, here's my situation: I have a good processor (3700+ San Diego), but I have a bad video card (FX 5600) and my sound card is not too great either (Sound Blaster Extigy). I need to upgrade both, as you can see. I have been hoping to get a 7800GT next month, and that would require the purchase of a PCI-e motherboard. However, due to recent problems with my sound card (broadcasting static in TeamSpeak after doing something memory intensive, like playing BF2) I see the need to get a new one. As of right now I could afford a new sound card in the price range I would be happy with (I wouldn't have to get a new motherboard). I have no desire to spend anything more than $200 on a soundcard, I don't need professional audio, just something to play games with and listen to music on. I do want to have options open though, I may do some recording in the future, so I don't want a basic, no-frills card. From what I know, a Sound Blaster card is best for gaming, but I've heard they have pretty poor quality for listening to music. If this is true, then has it changed with the new X-Fi series? I am looking at the X-Fi Platinum card (about $185), and I want to know if you guys have any experience with this line of cards. It seems to have everything I would need, but its pointless to have a bunch of features, but the card is a pile of crap. So, I guess what i'm basically asking is: Is this a good card for listening to music and gaming, and if not, please reccommend one that is.

If you look for soundcards under $200 I would suggest either the Soundblaster Audigy ZS(80) or Soundblaster X-Fi Extreme Music(115). I think the most important difference between the two would be that the X-Fi supports EAX 5.0. If you listen to mp3s then you probably won't notice a difference between the two anyway as long as you don't have very good loudspeakers or headsets.

You can get a decent PCI-E motherboard for around 90 euro (take a good company like Asus) but graphics cards are expensive and it is mostly a matter of taste which company is better. Nvidia supports the latest shaders while Ati seems to offer a few more FPS.

Onboard sound is not an option if you want good quality :)




Johnny Mullet

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#5 12 years ago

Audigy 2 is your best bet for BF2. Other soundcards hurt your game performance.




TehYoshi

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#6 12 years ago

You can pick up a new video card for about $20 that should work fine. I recommend the Video Card. That Speeds up everything!




Smitty025

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#7 12 years ago
TehYoshiYou can pick up a new video card for about $20 that should work fine. I recommend the Video Card. That Speeds up everything!

Umm, any video cards I would be looking at are in the $300+ range. :/ A $20 card wouldn't help me much.




Johnny Mullet

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#8 12 years ago

ROFLMAO!

A $20.00 card would probably get chewed up and spit out by my PC.




rob.

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#9 12 years ago

I don't think it is possible to buy any video card for $20 unless it is like PCI or worse.