Need help with sound card

Hi all, I have an Alienware Aruora with on board audio. I want to put a seperate sound card in it . I picked one up at bestbuy but it did not fit . The part where it gos into the slot was to big . Maybe some one could tell me witch one to get . The last sound card I had in a diffrent PC was a sound blaster . Looking to spend about $40 bucks . I thought all cards were compatible .

LINK to the card I bought>

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Rocketfish%26%23153%3B+-+5.1-Channel+PCI+Sound+Card/9180405.p?id=1218047304449&skuId=9180405&st=pc sound card&cp=1&lp=6
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  1. Got a little more info. Looks like I need a PCIe x1 card
  2. I am gonna give it to you straight up you are waisting your money with those crappy rocketfish soundcards. It will not sound any better then your onboard sound if you want a good card you are gonna have to spend a little more to make it worth it and since you need a PCIE x1 card its gonna be even more pricey. You are not gonna find anything under $75 that is worth buying especially since you need an x1 card.

    PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium $79.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102024

    ASUS Xonar DX 7.1 Channels PCI Express x1 $70.07-$50.07 with $20 mail in Rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829132006

    It wouldnt be worth even looking at anything cheaper then these cards.
  3. I'll second SAAIELLO's verdict and recommendations.. I really can't understand why would a costly system like an alienware wont include a dedicated sound card.. Especially since they are primarily for gaming..
  4. geno777 said:
    Hi all, I have an Alienware Aruora with on board audio. I want to put a seperate sound card in it . I picked one up at bestbuy but it did not fit . The part where it gos into the slot was to big . Maybe some one could tell me witch one to get . The last sound card I had in a diffrent PC was a sound blaster . Looking to spend about $40 bucks . I thought all cards were compatible .

    LINK to the card I bought>

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Rocketfish%26%23153%3B+-+5.1-Channel+PCI+Sound+Card/9180405.p?id=1218047304449&skuId=9180405&st=pc sound card&cp=1&lp=6



    Was It a PCI or PCI-e x1 card. Makes a difference in width (Long vs. a small lego bit)
  5. Link doesn't work, but it sounds like above you went with a Rocketfish POS. Don't bother with one of those pieces of junk...

    Go with ASUS, Auzentech, or HT Omega. My recommendations:
    ASUS: Xonar DX
    HT Omega: Striker
    Auzentech: Prelude

    Also, soundcards are always either PCI or PCI-E 1x.
  6. Monster Cabling is the way to go with the cool color pallette on the surge protector lets you know what each jack is for!
  7. GunBladeType-T said:
    Monster Cabling is the way to go with the cool color pallette on the surge protector lets you know what each jack is for!


    ??

    What does this have to do with sound cards? And I think most of us on the forum would agree that 9/10 of the time Monster is overpriced garbage.
  8. thefivetheory said:
    ??

    What does this have to do with sound cards? And I think most of us on the forum would agree that 9/10 of the time Monster is overpriced garbage.



    Monster Surge protectors have been ranked one of the best in the field, Plus they are green energy certified so its a solution to consider
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