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Smitty025

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#1 12 years ago

I've been going through some rough times lately, but even still yesterday was my birthday, and I want to spend my money. I am in need of a new hard drive and a soundcard. I have no space left to store things, and my Extigy needs upgrading. I'm looking for as much space as possible, preferably SATA (is there much of a difference between the 1.5 and newer SATA 3.0 gb/s versions?), but I want the price to be less than $200 US. For my soundcard, I want something that has good sound quality of course, but I want a lot of connectivity. I'll probably be using this a lot for watching movies, listening to music, and occasional gaming (gaming importance is lowest on my list). I'm most concerned with being able to have real use of Dolby Digital surround sound, and posssibly DTS. I don't know of many brands other than Creative, so I'm out of my league here so to speak. Oh, and I'd like to keep the price for this below $200 US as well.




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#2 12 years ago

nobody? :'(




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#3 12 years ago

Just to make sure, do you want the combined total to be $200, or $200 for each?




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#4 12 years ago

$200 each, I have a total of $400 to spend.




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#5 12 years ago

I finally got my sound blaster audigy 4 working today (I bought it yesterday). It's great.

I live in Australia, but here it is on Newegg. $72 US. If you want though, because you have more money to spend, you could go for the more higher end ones. Like the xi-fi's for example.




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#6 12 years ago

Heres what i recommend: Sound card: Creative Soundblaster X-Fi Platinum hard drive: Western Digital Caviar SE16 250GB

Or if that hard drives not enough space for you, you could always get one of these.




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#7 12 years ago

Wow, how did I miss that Barracuda HD? I'm really considering that one.

For my soundcard, I was looking at that one, but I also saw the Audigy2 ZS Platinum for only 72.99 after rebate. I was also looking at AuzenTech XPlosion 7.1, which seems to have nice features for the price. I'm most concerned about using my sound card with movies and music, and I want to have the best quality card for these applications.

SeveringDozzaI finally got my sound blaster audigy 4 working today (I bought it yesterday). It's great.

I live in Australia, but here it is on Newegg. $72 US. If you want though, because you have more money to spend, you could go for the more higher end ones. Like the xi-fi's for example.

I would get that, but I don't think it has an optical S/PDIF output, which I use with my current sound card.




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#8 12 years ago

NO, STAY AWAY FROM CREATIVE!!! Buy the M-Audio Revolution 5.1 or 7.1, whichever meets your requirements. It is very high quality and only $100. Much nicer than anything Creative has. I do DTS, Dolby Digital and the like for movies on my Z-5500 Digitals and they're awesome. The sound card has many options for the standard connections and it has a lot of different sound preset modes. It only has a Coaxial connection, but it will provide very good sound quality, don't let optical fool you. The sound card works great in games and music as well so this is the best all round sound card you can get. Don't spend more for creative crap with bad drivers and stuff.




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#9 12 years ago

Yeah, I was wary of getting a Creative card, but I was thinking that almost any newer card will sound better than my Extigy. However, for the past hour or so, I've been researching the AuzenTech XPlosion 7.1, and it seems to be an awesome card. I've never played a game with any of the new EAX versions, so I'm gonna try to play on my brother's computer a bit. He has the X-Fi music version, but I don't think I'll like it as much as the features I can get with the AuzenTech card.




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#10 12 years ago

Sorry, but the second-best price-to-performance for music and movies is the M-Audio Revo 5.1: VIA Envy24GT chipset, digital (coax) out, and far better resolution than anything from Creative. The Revo 7.1 isn't nearly as good, IMNSHO.

The absolute best is Chaintech's AV-710, in all of it's $30 glory. Put it up against something like the Revo, 'Phile 192, or Juli@ and you'll tell the difference, but at $30...