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Old June 19, 2007, 08:50 PM
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Do you plan on streaming music with your system?

The X-Fi is a better card, but if you only need it for gaming the audigy would probably do the trick.

(Again.... I'm not a super audio geek.... hopefully robscix will drop in as he seems to have a pretty good handle on Audio and would probably have better suggestions for you).
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Old June 19, 2007, 09:08 PM
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the x-fi for sure. although that is a crippled xfi still it's better than the earlier one posted as at least it has a black pcb. personally, i would buy a sound card less than a REAL x-fi. i would just stick with on-board.

by real x-fi i mean black pcb and original size. xtreme music, platinum, xtremegamer fatality, and elite pro are the only real ones. they're the originals.

they've made it really confusing by adding an xtremegamer non-fatality and xtreme audio versions. neither is a true x-fi card. you can usually tell by the price.

if you go on creatives website you can tell the differences based on specs.

oh and eax works fine for me in vista. if you check out the current release features in the driver section you'll see eax listed. i can also use extreme sound in graw as well as eax 5.0 in colin mcrae dirt.

for 10 bucks more you can get x-ram and a real xfi card:
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...reative%20Labs
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for 10 bucks more you can get x-ram and a real xfi card:
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...reative%20Labs
That one looks very good....
For a better price people also recommended the Sondigo Inferno 7.1 Channel PCI Sound Card 24BIT DTS Dolby Digital Live S/PDIF IN/OUT for $104.99
This one doesn't have EAX5.0.

Or I could just stick with onboard and see how it is.If it sucks I could just get a sound card.

What's the verdict?
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i'd try out onboard for now. you're already spending enough. if you're a serious gamer though you'll want to move to a separate card sooner rather than later. i figured i'd try onboard when i got my p5wdh so i didn't have to have an optical cable coming from the front of my comp. boy did i miss the xfi.
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DirectCanada = Free shipping and lower prices than NCIX
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DirectCanada = Free shipping and lower prices than NCIX
well i agree, ncix is not the place to go for cheap product, Infonec Computers will save you more money per part than the shipping costs saved at directcanada. thankfully i'm less than a 20 min drive from one of their locations.

it does also depend on where you live. if i lived in bc i probably wouldn't shop at infonec. i just like being able to go there in person.
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Ok, I'll stick with onboard for now.
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