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Best Sound Card For Gaming/Blu-Ray?

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August 8, 2009 3:39:32 PM

Hi! Just bought a new 5.1 surround system for my PC, and the onboard sound does not do the speakers any justice in terms of sound quality.

I've searched the internet high and low but to no avail when it comes to choosing the best for price/performance. I'm not bothered weather it is PCI/PCI-X, as I have both spare on my motherboard.

As mentioned in the title, it will be used primarily for gaming and watching Blu-Ray films.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
August 9, 2009 9:15:03 AM

I'm personally fed up with Creative's support and wouldn't buy another creative product for a while. I'm hearing good things about HT Omega's product line, though. The Striker isn't much more than some of the low end X-Fi's.

On the other hand, a plain old Audigy SE is probably good enough if you don't want to do anything too fancy than PC Speaker 5.1 in a smallish room. It has very mature drivers because it is so old.

On a side note, if I was really a stickler for sound, I'd decode my audio outside my PC. Those wimpy 3.5 mm jacks just don't cut it for me.
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August 9, 2009 3:16:20 PM

well, the extremegamer also has an optical out, i have it and it works fine btw
August 9, 2009 6:34:50 PM

Thanks for all the replies!

The surround sound speaks are plugged into an amp which has digital optical, HDMI ect.

Is it possible to get a decent card with digital optical for about $100?
August 9, 2009 6:56:55 PM

asus card blow creative out of the water and manage to cost less at the same time
August 9, 2009 8:27:03 PM

Any card with SPDIF out (optical or coax) should be fine which is almost standard on any sound card more than US$20. I'm surprised your Mobo doesn't have it. I think the Omega HT Striker still might be your best best because of the robust digital out at the price. It even comes with the stupid TOS-Link.
February 25, 2010 11:19:44 AM

ct1615 said:
you have a budget?

I know this card is popular with gamers.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...




Creative makes good chips...period. They are still notorius very glitchy drivers. There Windows 7 drivers are terrible with almost all of the original features that come with the install discs,taken out by new drivers. I suggest someone who uses the chips,but actuall supports and enhances a card..like Auzentech for one.
February 25, 2010 2:54:13 PM

This thread is from August 2009.
February 25, 2010 6:09:25 PM

Pro bump.
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