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#1 Straydog108

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Posted 29 November 2005 - 12:52 PM

My son is building a computer from scratch and has decided to do without a sound card to save money. Since he is at college, and will be using headphones primarily in his dorm room, he doesn't feel that the sound card will matter that much. For Christmas, I'm considering getting him a sound card. I would like to know what your thoughts are about whether a sound card will make a difference, especially considering he will be using headphones most of the time, and what sound card you would recommend? Here are the specs of his computer:

CPU AMD 64 |4400+ ATHLON X2 939P RT 1
POWER SUPPLY ANTEC TPII-550ATX RTL 1
VGA EVGA|GF 7800GTX 256-P2-N527-AX 1
MB ASUS A8N-SLI Premium NF4 RTL 1
HD 300G|ST 8M SATA ST3300831AS % 2
OCZ D400 2x1G OCZ4002048ELDCPE-K R 1
DVD+/-RW NEC ND-3550A BK % 1
DVD BUNDLE DVD RIDATA 5+1 PK RTL

He also mentioned something about an Array card. Are these good to have? Which would you recommend?

Thanks for your help!

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Posted 29 November 2005 - 01:41 PM

Sound quality make a bigger difference on headphones than speakers, unless its some cheap 20 bucks headphones, in which case it will sound horrible no matter what.

As to what soundcard depends on what he will use it for.
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Posted 29 November 2005 - 01:55 PM

He will use the computer for gaming and, I'm certain, listening to mp3's. He has a set of Sennheiser 280 Pro headphones. Thanks for your input.

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Posted 29 November 2005 - 07:25 PM

i hearing good things about the creative labs x-fi sound card.

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Posted 29 November 2005 - 11:10 PM

I bought a Turtle Beach Santa Cruz sound card based on reviews that I'd read. Bad move - the card is a bit "flakey" and I reverted to my onboard sound (sound doesn't matter too much to me either).
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Posted 30 November 2005 - 09:14 AM

I would look a any creative labs sound card. The audigys are suppose to be nice and the X-Fi are suppose to be even nicer. When i built my computer i decided to just go with the built in sound card and now i am looking at buying an X-Fi for my system (should i ever get it back up) because i can not stand the onboard sound card.




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