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Gaming sound card and headphones


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#1 bourkie

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Posted 19 April 2010 - 06:52 AM

Hi, I'm adding a sound card and head phones for my gaming pc, which I currently have a $10 stereo speakers and integrated sound, and I wanted to see what you guys think.

My current system is

GA-EP45-UD3L
Q9650 @ 3GHZ
HD5870
Windows 7 64 ultimate

I have chosen this sound card
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium PCIe Fatal1ty Pro Series $A199
http://www.scorptec.com.au/computer/28725-sbxfi-titan-fps

I'm unsure of what headphones headphones I should get, I can spend another $200 on them if but something around $100 would be better if there isn't much difference in quality.

The main use of these are for gaming (mostly fps), so I would like good surround sound so I can locate the enemies from the sound, right know I only know where they are if I see them and can even hear footsteps even if they are right next to me.

Here is what I was looking at.
http://www.scorptec.com.au/computer/23500-pc-161-skype

What do you guys think?
Any advise and suggestions would be great :thumbsup:

Thanks bourkie.

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#2 Sunharrow

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Posted 19 April 2010 - 02:18 PM

I don't know your motherboard but the lastest offerings of onboard sound with the latest boards are excellent to the point that sound cards are almost an afterthought unlike a few years ago. However, I myself am in the process of researching for a new build and I like sound cards and my research suggests that you take a good look at HT Omega and Asus Xonar offerings. Both are getting excellent reviews. I know the HT Omegas have Windows 7 64 drivers.

Edited by Sunharrow, 19 April 2010 - 02:20 PM.


#3 DJBPace07

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 02:29 AM

Creative sound card? Ohh, it burns! In all seriousness, both the HT Omega and the Xonar line are excellent cards which don't use Creative chips and all have Windows 7 drivers. I assume, by the links you have posted, you're in Australia, so no Newegg or TigerDirect for you, unfortunately. The Xonar is sold at Scorptec.com.au but I haven't linked to them below. I've used the Xonar D2 and the D2X, both are premium cards designed for pro-sumers so they may be out of your price range. The Xonar DX and DS models are good, though not as feature rich or expensive, as the D2 and D2X. Note that the DX and the D2X are both designed for PCI-E X1 whereas the DS and D2 are for standard PCI. HT Omega, though good is not sold at that website, but if you want to try and search for one, the HT Omega Striker is an inexpensive, and surprisingly featured, card. As for the headset, I have that too but I don't use it often as I don't like on-ear headphones that much. They will do the job. I hear the Creative SB WoW USB Gaming Headset is really nice, it has a wireless version too.

Edited by DJBPace07, 20 April 2010 - 02:30 AM.

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 05:01 AM

Thanks :thumbsup:, I'll have a look a few reviews of them.




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