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sound config + new rig...prospects?

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June 25, 2006 4:36:06 PM

I am planning on getting a new rig:

- Gigabyte GA-8I945G Pro (Intel 945G)

- ATI Radeon X800 XL All-In-Wonder (PCI-E)

- Hyundai L90D+ 19" LCD

- Intel Pentium D 805

- Seagate 120 GB (SATA II)

- 1 GB Dual Channel DDR2 memory - PC5200

- Creative Inspire T6060 (5.1)

- Zalman CNPS9500 (CPU cooler)

1> Now im wondering whether the on-board sound of the motherboard is good enough for the creative 5.1 speakers i plan on getting (and vice versa as well).

Im on a budget btw..

2> The LCD monitor of choice, gud enough for games n movies?

3> Wil lthe graphics card be able to play the latest games without choppy play (if i OC it alongwith the processor).
OR if i go with onboard graphics, will it slow down the system (im talkin normal windows..not games)

Any advice regarding the rig is appreciated!
Thx
June 25, 2006 5:11:54 PM

You're getting quite a decent speakers, On-board sound is OK but sometimes you might get background noises by just moving the mouse. If you're on a budget, i suggest you should get at least an Audigy 2 Value or the XFi xtreme music. Trust me, it'll sound better than your onboard sound.

As for LCD, it will work ok for most games as it has quite a fast response time. You should read reviews like this http://www.epinions.com/content_184010444420 before purchasing.

As for your gfx, the X800 XL AiW doesn't really support SM 3.0. so unless if you dun mind sacrificing image quality, get at least a X1 series. X1800 XL AiW is not bad. or you could just get a 7900gt and another separate TV tuner. heh! 7900gt are highly overclockable.

Other than that, you'll have a highly overclockable PC

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June 25, 2006 9:52:21 PM

I know what it's like to be on a budget. ...but as the above post reads, you're opening up to some dissapointments with onboard sound. An SB Audigy SE will give you good sound for a long time ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682... )

or you could go with a venerable SB Live! 24Bit and still beat that onboard sound

( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682... )

Remember, your soundcard is your preamp+DAC and while speakers are the most important part of the mix your soundcard is important too, it may be worth the cost of a few movies with your favorite lady (though she may not agree). :D 
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