I'm on the fence about the Xigmatek only because I hear it's a bitch to install. If it will give a noticeable cooling gain then I'll go for it. Should I order for Arctic Cooling thermal compound as well?
If you are an audiophile then I'd say stick with the sound card. I personally haven't had a sound card since the early sound blaster days. I can live with onboard sound. But if you can tell the difference then more power to you.
Well, right now on my current system (P4 3.2, Radeon 9600 xt) lol, I'm using a creative sound blaster audigy 2 I think. Will the onboard sound be better or worse than that?
Reasons I'm interested in this card:
Huge Price Discount
Better Sound Quality
Optical Audio In = True Surround Sound
High Sampling Rate could be useful for my dabbling in production
If you don't think I'll notice it, then I don't need it.
A few more questions.
1. Will I be able to stably overclock to atleast 3.2 GHZ (I'm guessing thats a good safe speed) with the P5Q LGA MB and the Xigmatek cooler
2. What do you think of the NZXT Lexa Cases (Original and Blackline)
3. Is that good RAM?
4. Everything is fully Compatible, correct?
5. Any idea when and where I can purchase that 4870 and is the Sapphire the preferred brand?
I personly wouldnt waste mony on a sound card. onboard sound is HD and works fine. i use my onboard for hd blayback on my lcd tv and it sounds wonderful through my suround sound.
Seroiusly why waste money?. use the differemce and use it towads a new 1080 p tv. the res froma 720p is to low . sharpe make a 32 inch LCd tv at 1080p the cheapest one is 800 us from newegg. 1920X1080 looks so much better for gaming
I've been looking at the Formula series, but it turns out that the sound card is actually just an integrated sound card on its own card and covered for noise reduction. It still requires CPU cycles and probably doesn't improve audio quality. Ok, but I'm getting a feeling that if current integrated sound cards are good enough for everyone on this forum, then they're probably good enough for me.
Now, I just need to finally settle on a MB and rule out the NZXT Lexa Cases. What are the benefits of the p5q-e over the p5q??? Are the NZXT Lexa Cases (Original and Blackline) any good?