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Old January 6, 2011, 12:40 PM
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I'm looking to get a real cheap replacement for my onboard sound. A few of the games I have (mass effect and bad company 2) seem to have some problems that could potentially be related to the onboard realtek audio that I've got. I'm willing to spend a little bit to see if it'll fix the problem.

There's a Razer card available on BST for $20, or I could get the Asus Xonar DG for $26 PM'd at NCIX, but still have to pay shipping/tax etc.

Or are there any other cards that are super cheap I should be looking at? As long as the audio quality is on par with my onboard, I'll be happy.

Link to Razer card on BST:
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum...inator-i7.html

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Edit:
Changed Xonar DS to DG. I'm also running Win 7 Pro 64bit.

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Old January 6, 2011, 12:58 PM
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I don't have experience with either card, but I would be concerned about driver support and matching system requirements (XP, Vista, 7?). Better to do some research first instead of accidentally purchasing a paper weight.
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I'd go with the Xonar DS. Should be a bit better quality and better supported.
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How about the Xonar DG? Cheaper than the DS, and still better than onboard. BestDirect has it for $26.75 before a $10 rebate.
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How about the Xonar DG? Cheaper than the DS, and still better than onboard. BestDirect has it for $26.75 before a $10 rebate.
Oops, yeah, I meant the DG, not DS.
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Or even an old SB Audigy 2. It does everything and no driver issues like the newer SB stuff. Quality card matched with my Klipsch 2.1 Promedias
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Soundblaster X-Fi Titanium, go for it. It has all the lastest facilities in it.
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I'm looking to get a real cheap replacement for my onboard sound. A few of the games I have (mass effect and bad company 2) seem to have some problems that could potentially be related to the onboard realtek audio that I've got. I'm willing to spend a little bit to see if it'll fix the problem.

There's a Razer card available on BST for $20, or I could get the Asus Xonar DG for $26 PM'd at NCIX, but still have to pay shipping/tax etc.

Or are there any other cards that are super cheap I should be looking at? As long as the audio quality is on par with my onboard, I'll be happy.

Link to Razer card on BST:
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum...inator-i7.html

Thanks

Edit:
Changed Xonar DS to DG. I'm also running Win 7 Pro 64bit.
If I were you,I would re-think what you are doing. On board sound is not all that bad these days, so buying a 'cheap' card won't help you one bit. You can find some pretty decent cards in the $50.00 range. It pays to buy better. If you are a gamer,then do the right thing. Your gaming will be far more immersive and your ears will tell you what I am telling you. Good luck!
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I would agree, an entry level card will surpass onboards but why go with just a baseline auido system?
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