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I need some help selecting a video card.

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April 5, 2010 11:25:17 PM

I'm having some trouble selecting a good sound card. I'm trying to plan out a build for my next computer that I'll hopefully be getting before too long, but it seems that there are just no good choices for sound cards. Two things about my build that are not flexible are that it'll be a Windows 7 64-bit OS and an Intel based processor (most likely getting some version of the i7 processor unless AMD comes out with something spectacular).

I'll be using this system for gaming, but nothing extreme, most likely playing Diablo III and Final Fantasy XIV, possibly some others but nothing that has caught my attention so far. I don't care for Halo or other shooting games. I do like watching BDs and have a small collection so far that is still growing. I don't do any sound recording really.

I don't need anything spectacular, my primary concern is to take as much load off the processor as I can, so I want a dedicated sound card. After that my next concern is that I want it to be as hassle-free as possible, I don't want to have to tweak it constantly or worry about it crashing some game I'm playing or some such. I'd like to spend no more than $100, but that number isn't written in stone. Thanks for any suggestion ya'll can provide.

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April 5, 2010 11:35:27 PM

So which is it you want? the sound card of the video card?
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April 5, 2010 11:42:44 PM

I need help picking a sound card, I already know what to look for in a video card.
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April 5, 2010 11:52:39 PM

Here I recently started a little sound card guide check it out.

My sound card guide
I am still working on it but I have listed a few and explained what is good about the ones I picked.

Check out either an HT|OMEGA striker or an Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium. I like the X-FI I have one and its great and it is still considered one of the best gaming sound cards out.

X-FI Titanium
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HT OMEGA Striker
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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April 6, 2010 12:42:59 AM

With an I7 build I dont think you'll see many frames dropped due to the sound card, windows should select one of the lower usuage cores to process the audio.
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April 6, 2010 12:56:38 AM

popatim said:
With an I7 build I dont think you'll see many frames dropped due to the sound card, windows should select one of the lower usuage cores to process the audio.

Frame drops due to a soundcard were an issue in the 90s, not today.
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April 6, 2010 1:07:45 AM

I'd try the MoBo's on board sound before checking into a separte card solution....or look at MoBos like the Asus Rampage II Extreme (R2E) which comes with a XiFi "daughter" card. The new R3E should be out any day now.
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