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07-10-2013, 02:40 AM, (This post was last modified: 07-10-2013, 02:50 AM by Larriman.)
Hi All, Been a while since I last posted.
In my time away I've built myself a PC and now i have some questions regarding various sound options.
The Current sound card in my PC is the Realtek ALC 898 chip.
My sound system is the Logitech Z-5500.
So, I'm Currently using analogue out to get 5:1 surround during pretty much anything, but when I plug in an optical cable the sound quality gets noticeably better; But it's only stereo. so my question is: is it worth me getting a sound card? I have a spare PCIE 1x slot above my GPU. and i was wondering if any sound card would do, or would I need a really fancy one? I've already compared sound quality between several audio cables with varying quality shielding and proximity to power cables, but the optical sound quality wins out every time. but since I game a lot, having the surround system and only using stereo sound feels like a waste. my budget is around $90.

If anyone's curious here's the system specs:
i5 3570k @ 4.6GHz
Palit Jetstream GTX 670
16GB Gskill ripjaws 1600MHz
Asrock Z77 extreme 4
2TB seagate barracuda (Getting an SSD when I get round to windows 8/9)
750w PSU
NZXT Phantom 410
07-11-2013, 08:38 AM, (This post was last modified: 07-11-2013, 08:40 AM by sasikanth8.)
RE: Soundcards
Fits the budget and sounds much better than mobo audio.
07-11-2013, 09:33 AM,
RE: Soundcards
Sorry , I forgot to mention I'm in Australia.
Is this the same card but with a case around it?
And do you have any idea how it stacks up against the Asus Xonar DX?
07-12-2013, 09:27 AM,
RE: Soundcards
Creative xfi titanuim (discontinued) and titanium hd are considered best cards for gaming.
Creative Sound Blaster Z was released as a direct competitor to Asus Xonar DX so z would be better than DX.

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