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Which sound card is better?

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March 19, 2010 1:58:07 AM

hey i need some help here
i don't know anything about sound cards and i really like amazing, crisp life-like game audio and music and found the Asus Xonar Essence STX its 199 dollars and has gotten good reviews

but the sound card from the Asus maximus formula 3 (sound is NOT BUILT in the mobo) looks promising but idk should i take the mobo sound card, get the essence instead or you guys suggest some other sound card?

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March 19, 2010 3:54:24 AM

Your link is broken.

If you're ordering the motherboard anyway, try the sound card that comes with it first. Motherboard sound has gotten very good, and if Asus is already improving on it in the bundle... should be good enough for almost everyone. If you're still unsatisfied, you can find another product.
March 19, 2010 4:22:44 AM

thanks for point that out tortnotes
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March 19, 2010 5:39:04 AM

If you are gonna spend $200 on a sound card, you better have a hell of a good sound setup or good headphones. Otherwise it would be like guys with Honda Civics filling up on 104 octane gas.

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March 19, 2010 10:50:56 AM
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True, but the Essence ST/STX makes even crappy speakers sound better. If you have decent speakers, nothing beats the ST/STX right now.
March 19, 2010 2:08:45 PM

thanks for the help astrallite and gamerk
March 19, 2010 2:09:02 PM

Best answer selected by Don_Dana.
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