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January 20, 2014 4:40:05 PM

Okay first i'm sorry i did make a post somewhat close to this, but need more help.

My Computer Parts i have paid for.

What i'm looking for is the main board for this computer, this computer is for making music,- DAW-, (Digital audio workstation). No gaming, PS4 will be fine for now.The sound must be the main reason for picking a motherboard.

I've been looking at 2 motherboards

1st LINK

2nd LINK

If there are others please let me know!

Most people ask what i need for 600 ohm sound for, AKG 702's.

If anyone can help, just point me in the right way of a motherboard and or sound card, it would be sweet. Would love to have any D/C on board too, would sound great.

Max price, don't really have one, but around $160-$250, little over won't hear too, so $255 or $260 won't kill me.

Would love to hear from any ROG board owners, has they have some fancy named sound but i think it's just a 1150 chip with modded drivers, not sure.

So list of stuff i'm looking for

Sound
Sound
More Sound
Small O/C
ATX MB



a b V Motherboard
January 20, 2014 4:55:18 PM

Basically the same audio chipset on both of those motherboards. If all you are worried about is output, either one should do fine. If you plan on using any external sources, you might want to get an aftermarket I/O card, preferably one with a headphone amplifier. Nice cans by the way =)

The Asus Xonar Essence ST is one such beast that has an amp and will support headphones up to 600 ohms. Problem is it cost as much as the motherboards you are looking at. It would be a shame to plug those nice cans of yours up to onboard audio outputs though.
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January 20, 2014 5:58:11 PM

skit75 said:
Basically the same audio chipset on both of those motherboards. If all you are worried about is output, either one should do fine. If you plan on using any external sources, you might want to get an aftermarket I/O card, preferably one with a headphone amplifier. Nice cans by the way =)

The Asus Xonar Essence ST is one such beast that has an amp and will support headphones up to 600 ohms. Problem is it cost as much as the motherboards you are looking at. It would be a shame to plug those nice cans of yours up to onboard audio outputs though.


Okay i'm lost, i thought these boards are running a Creative Sound 3d chip, won't that be the same as a pci card?

I run the AKG k702's from the Fiio E09K and the line in is the PC, or PS4. But i use my Mackie Mr8's from basic master or movies lol There so cool.
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a b V Motherboard
January 21, 2014 10:10:48 AM

Popa2caps said:
skit75 said:
Basically the same audio chipset on both of those motherboards. If all you are worried about is output, either one should do fine. If you plan on using any external sources, you might want to get an aftermarket I/O card, preferably one with a headphone amplifier. Nice cans by the way =)

The Asus Xonar Essence ST is one such beast that has an amp and will support headphones up to 600 ohms. Problem is it cost as much as the motherboards you are looking at. It would be a shame to plug those nice cans of yours up to onboard audio outputs though.


Okay i'm lost, i thought these boards are running a Creative Sound 3d chip, won't that be the same as a pci card?

I run the AKG k702's from the Fiio E09K and the line in is the PC, or PS4. But i use my Mackie Mr8's from basic master or movies lol There so cool.


Ahh that FiiO should do nice. I thought you were going right into the line-out of the onboard audio with your headphones. With that then, both of those motherboards appear to have the same Creative integrated audio.... one is 5.1 channels and the other 7.1 channels but that is of little importance to you if you are working in a stereo environment. Either one should do nice.
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January 21, 2014 11:12:16 AM

skit75 said:
Popa2caps said:
skit75 said:
Basically the same audio chipset on both of those motherboards. If all you are worried about is output, either one should do fine. If you plan on using any external sources, you might want to get an aftermarket I/O card, preferably one with a headphone amplifier. Nice cans by the way =)

The Asus Xonar Essence ST is one such beast that has an amp and will support headphones up to 600 ohms. Problem is it cost as much as the motherboards you are looking at. It would be a shame to plug those nice cans of yours up to onboard audio outputs though.


Okay i'm lost, i thought these boards are running a Creative Sound 3d chip, won't that be the same as a pci card?

I run the AKG k702's from the Fiio E09K and the line in is the PC, or PS4. But i use my Mackie Mr8's from basic master or movies lol There so cool.


Ahh that FiiO should do nice. I thought you were going right into the line-out of the onboard audio with your headphones. With that then, both of those motherboards appear to have the same Creative integrated audio.... one is 5.1 channels and the other 7.1 channels but that is of little importance to you if you are working in a stereo environment. Either one should do nice.




Yep just going to Fiio Atm. i might just go with a board with the sata ports and Overclock and get a Soundcard, not sure. There is only one thing, the Asrock board has a M-sata slot wish would make it really fast if i got a ssd 2.0 for that as a boot drive. Hmmm
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January 24, 2014 3:42:27 PM

skit75 said:
Basically the same audio chipset on both of those motherboards. If all you are worried about is output, either one should do fine. If you plan on using any external sources, you might want to get an aftermarket I/O card, preferably one with a headphone amplifier. Nice cans by the way =)

The Asus Xonar Essence ST is one such beast that has an amp and will support headphones up to 600 ohms. Problem is it cost as much as the motherboards you are looking at. It would be a shame to plug those nice cans of yours up to onboard audio outputs though.


Just looked over what you use on you're computer, nice you still using he ASUS P6T , i'm using the P6T Deluxe v2 + i7-920 good years hehe
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January 24, 2014 5:09:13 PM

Popa2caps said:
skit75 said:
Basically the same audio chipset on both of those motherboards. If all you are worried about is output, either one should do fine. If you plan on using any external sources, you might want to get an aftermarket I/O card, preferably one with a headphone amplifier. Nice cans by the way =)

The Asus Xonar Essence ST is one such beast that has an amp and will support headphones up to 600 ohms. Problem is it cost as much as the motherboards you are looking at. It would be a shame to plug those nice cans of yours up to onboard audio outputs though.


Just looked over what you use on you're computer, nice you still using he ASUS P6T , i'm using the P6T Deluxe v2 + i7-920 good years hehe


I know, right!

In May of this year, my rig will be 5 years old(except GPU of course) and remains competitive. It has been overclocked at 3.8GHz for 99.9% of that time & I've even played with 4.0GHz for a few weeks last year. I have nothing but good to say about this build. I researched the parts to death and maintain it 3-4 times a year. Fans are a bit louder these days but my rig also runs a Ventrillo server for my friends which means my rig only gets rebooted a few times a year also. Good years, indeed.

Ohh, I also use the Asus Xonar Essence ST card with a pair of Sennheiser 558 headphones but, I like yours better I think =)

Cheers
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January 24, 2014 7:51:42 PM

skit75 said:
Popa2caps said:
skit75 said:
Basically the same audio chipset on both of those motherboards. If all you are worried about is output, either one should do fine. If you plan on using any external sources, you might want to get an aftermarket I/O card, preferably one with a headphone amplifier. Nice cans by the way =)

The Asus Xonar Essence ST is one such beast that has an amp and will support headphones up to 600 ohms. Problem is it cost as much as the motherboards you are looking at. It would be a shame to plug those nice cans of yours up to onboard audio outputs though.


Just looked over what you use on you're computer, nice you still using he ASUS P6T , i'm using the P6T Deluxe v2 + i7-920 good years hehe


I know, right!

In May of this year, my rig will be 5 years old(except GPU of course) and remains competitive. It has been overclocked at 3.8GHz for 99.9% of that time & I've even played with 4.0GHz for a few weeks last year. I have nothing but good to say about this build. I researched the parts to death and maintain it 3-4 times a year. Fans are a bit louder these days but my rig also runs a Ventrillo server for my friends which means my rig only gets rebooted a few times a year also. Good years, indeed.

Ohh, I also use the Asus Xonar Essence ST card with a pair of Sennheiser 558 headphones but, I like yours better I think =)

Cheers



I'm not sure these AKG k702's not sure never used anything eles lol got them on Ebay last year for 206$, but ya got the Asus p6t Deluxe v2 in 2009 with the i7-920 at the same time. I'm only going to the 1150 because 2 reasons, First the Asus P6t boards still get a ton on ebay, its crazy i know. And need the Sata 3 for Samsung Evo. If i didn't get the I7-4770k for 114 i would have been good tell dec 2014 lol
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