Please help: need to find good sound card for my new PC (Urgent)

I am using computer for playing games and waching movies also alot.
Listening music etc.
WHat to get please help to deside.
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  1. Just get any Creative sound-card that fits your budget.
  2. I'd stay away from anything Creative. I have a Diamond XtremeSound 7.1 soundcard and don't have any complaints, and it's $30.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829111001
  3. Xfi sound card is perfectly fine. I had it for ~ 2 years now and never had issues with it whatsover.
  4. ah! finally someone with sense. this is what i was waiting for.

    bdcrlsn, i can get alot of Creative users (me being one), and ALOT of XiFi fanboys who will make you eat your words. If you have some unknown brand (:S) that doesn't mean you start poisoning others mind.

    Next time keep a check on your self.
  5. I second the motion to avoid Creative, and it has as much to do with what they've been doing to their sound cards as it does with what they've been doing to the industry.

    That we gamers feel forced to buy products at least containing their licensed chips because Creative attempts to rule the market by force, says enough.

    Ever since the Audigy 2 they have been reducing the feature sets in their cards, all the while trying to force people to buy new ones by refusing to update drivers for new OS and by threatening lawsuits against community members who hacked the drivers and released updates for them.

    That they feel the need to force consumers to buy new products by suppressing new driver releases for old ones says quite a bit about their new products. I spent years looking for a new Creative card that would be as functional as my Audigy 2 ZS Platinum and never to this day found one from Creative. My demands are reduced now because I sold the MIDI keyboard I used to play around with, but it's pretty annoying to me that they dropped all but one of their inputs and removed MIDI and stopped making a breakout box that does anything.

    There's plenty of talk all over about the quality of Creative's DACs vs the quality of competitors' DACs, and I don't think I've ever seen a driver for a Creative product I didn't loathe installing on my system. Right here in my system right now I have a Creative X-Fi card that I found out after purchasing doesn't have an X-Fi chip in it. I have to replace it less than 6 months after purchasing because it doesn't even have basic features like an internal SPDIF-out to connect to my video card, and Creative removed the "What You Hear" recording source that I often need to use for some reason or another. Three weeks ago the Creative drivers just up and broke and made all sound coming from all applications sound like glitched digital noise. This is on a system I really don't tweak around with, just basic web browsing really, not even any new software installs in the months surrounding the incident, the drivers just suddenly broke. Their automatic update keeps trying to install bloatware I don't want and pops up to bother me about updates when there aren't any updates.

    Other than that, my Creative card works most of the time... It just crashes constantly in ASIO programs even though it claims ASIO support, doesn't have the features the box I bought it in said it does, has drastically reduced functionality compared to the card I had to throw away because Creative refused to support it in Windows 7 OR make the modern equivalent that I was sitting around with money in hand waiting to buy, and I can no longer use a recording program to record audio coming from another program. (like, oh, to make a ringtone for my phone out of old SNES game music from an emulator. Had to use my laptop's built-in motherboard audio to get that feature back.)

    So pardon me when I say, don't take buying advice from fanboys.
  6. Many games are designed with EAX audio extensions ( Environmental audio extensions ) to provide high quality, immersive audio for the player.
    So as i understand i need soundcard that has high EAX.
    There are 5 types of EAX
    EAX 1.0
    8 simultaneous voices processable in hardware
    32 individual 3D voices
    Environmental Effect Presets
    Per-channel individual environmental presets
    Hardware DSP Rendering.
    [edit] EAX 2.0
    EAX 2.0 was used in Sound Blaster Live! sound cards.

    32 simultaneous voices processable in hardware
    Occlusion Effects
    Material-specific reverb parameters
    [edit] EAX 3.0
    EAX 3.0 was used in Sound Blaster Audigy sound cards.

    64 simultaneous voices processable in hardware
    'Smoothing' between 3D audio environments
    Direct access to all reverb parameters
    Environmental Panning
    New reverb engine
    Beginning of the AdvancedHD Designation from new reverb engine
    [edit] EAX 4.0
    EAX 4.0 is present in Sound Blaster Audigy 2 and the X-Fi Xtreme Audio sound cards.

    Real-time hardware effects
    Multiple simultaneous environments
    Flange
    Echo
    Distortion
    Ring modulation effects
    [edit] EAX 5.0
    EAX 5.0 is present in Sound Blaster X-Fi sound cards (except the Xtreme Audio cards).

    128 simultaneous voices processable in hardware and up to 4 effects on each
    EAX Voice (processing of microphone input signal)
    EAX PurePath (EAX Sound effects can originate from one speaker only)
    Environment FlexiFX (four available effects slots per channel)
    EAX MacroFX (realistic positional effects at close range)
    Environment Occlusion (sound from adjacent environments can pass through walls)

    Tho same time i wold like to have soundcrd that supports 7.1 as i am waching also alot of movies and some games support also 7.1 sound.
    I am confused what to get.
  7. Other then Creative the only other manufacturer that includes EAX is Auzentech.
    If EAX is an essential for you then consider these two cards.
    http://www.ncixus.com/products/35596/AZTXFF7105551/AuzenTech/
    http://www.ncixus.com/products/49090/AZT-BRAVURA/AuzenTech/
  8. Hm seems that motherboard i am orderin i dont need extra soundcard.
    As Rampage extreem includes with box also a Supreeme FX sound card

    wach this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGMdxN1Vb8A

    and if later i find that i still need additional soundcard i will buy one tho need to test onmoard card first
  9. Why buy into 775 socket?
  10. Asus Rampage 3 is not 775 socet

    http://www.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=jy0uafxYBCrJwksC&templete=2

    Model Number : N50 > N50-AS031C N50-123456 N50-234567 Specifications
    CPU Intel® Socket 1366 Core™ i7 Processor Extreme Edition/Core™ i7 Processor
    Support Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
    Refer to www.asus.com for Intel CPU support list

    Chipset Intel® X58 / ICH10R
    System Bus Up to 6400 MT/s with QuickPath Interconnection
    Memory 6 x DIMM, Max. 24 GB, DDR3 2200(O.C.)/2133(O.C.)/2000(O.C.)/1800(O.C.)/1600/1333/1066 Non-ECC,Un-buffered Memory
    Triple channel memory architecture
    Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
    *Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs.
    *Refer to www.asus.com or this user manual for the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lidts).
    Expansion Slots 4 x PCIe 2.0 x16 , support x16; x16/x16; x16/x8/x8 and x8/x8/x8/x8 configurations
    1 x PCIe x4
    1 x PCI 2.2

    Multi-GPU Support Support NVIDIA 3-Way SLI™ / ATI CrossFireX™ Technology
    4 PCIe x16 slots ready for 4 single PCB graphic cards
    Storage Intel ICH10R controller
    6 xSATA 3.0 Gb/s ports
    Intel Matrix Storage Technology Support RAID 0,1,5,10
    JMicron® JMB363 PATA and SATA controller
    1 xExternal SATA 3.0 Gb/s port (SATA On-the-Go)
    1 xSATA 3.0 Gb/s port
    Marvell® 9128 PCIe SATA 6Gb/s controller
    2 xSATA 6.0 Gb/s ports
    LAN Gigabit Intel® LAN
    Audio 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
    - Blu-ray audio layer Content Protection
    - Supports Jack-Detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-Retasking
    - Supports 1 Optical S/PDIF out port at back I/O
    IEEE 1394 2 x 1394a port(s) (1 port at back I/O, 1 port onboard)
    USB NEC® USB 3.0 controller
    - 2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (at back panel)
    Intel® ICH10R Southbridge
    - 9 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (2 ports at midboard; 6 ports at back panel, 1 reserved for ROG Connect)
    Overclocking Features ROG Connect
    RC Bluetooth
    ROG Extreme Engine Digi+
    - 8-phase CPU power
    - 3-phase QPI/DRAM power
    - 3-phase NB power
    - 3-phase Memory power
    - ML Caps on CPU, Memory and QPI respectively
    ProbeIt
    iROG
    Extreme Tweaker
    BIOS Flashback with onboard switch button
    USB BIOS Flashback
    Loadline Calibration
    ROG Extreme OC kit
    LN2 Mode
    PCIe x16 Lane Switch
    Q_Reset
    Double Power Supply with dual 8-pin (CPU) and dual 4-pin (VGA) molex power connectors
    Intelligent overclocking tools:
    - ASUS AI Booster Utility
    - O.C Profile
    Overclocking Protection:
    - COP EX (Component Overheat Protection - EX)
    - Voltiminder LED
    - ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
    Special Features CPU Level Up
    MemOK!
    Onboard Switches: Power / Reset / Clr CMOS (at rear)
    ASUS MyLogo3
    ASUS Fan Xpert
    ASUS EZ Flash 2
    ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
    Q-Fan Plus
    ROG BIOS Wallpaper
    ASUS Q-Connector
    ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
    ASUS Q-Slot
    ASUS Q-DIMM
    Back Panel I/O Ports 1 x PS/2 Keyboard port (purple)
    1 x Clr CMOS switch
    1 x Optical S/PDIF out port
    1 x IEEE 1394a connector
    1 x External SATA port
    1 x LAN (RJ45) port
    1 x ROG Connect On/Off switch
    1 x RC Bluetooth switch
    2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (Blue)
    7 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (1 port also for ROG Connect)
    8-channel Audio I/O
    Internal I/O Connectors 1 x USB 2.0 connector supports additional 2 USB 2.0 ports
    9 x SATA connectors: 2 x SATA 6G connectors (Red); 7 x standard SATA connectors (6 in Grey, 1 in Black)
    1 x QPI Loadline calibration switch jumper (QPI_LL_SW)
    8 x Fan connectors: 1 x CPU / 1 x PWR / 3 x Chassis / 3 x Optional
    1 x Connector for optional fan-thermal module
    8 x ProbeIt Measurement Points
    3 x Thermal sensor connectors
    1 x IEEE1394a connector
    1 x SPDIF_Out Connector
    1 x 24-pin ATX Power connector
    2 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connectors
    1 x En/Dis-able Clr CMOS header
    1 x LN2 Mode Header
    1 x START (Power On) button
    1 x RESET button
    2 x EZ Plug connectors (4-pin Molex Power connectors)
    1 x OC Station header
    1 x RC Bluetooth header
    1 x Go Button
    1 x BIOS Switch button
    1 x ROG light connector
    1 x CD Audio in
    1 x Audio front panel
    1 x System panel connector

    BIOS 16 Mb Flash ROM AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.5, ACPI2.0a Multi-Language BIOS

    Manageability WOL by PME,WOR by PME,PXE
    Accessories 1 x ROG Connect cable
    1 x ProbeIt cable set
    1 x 3-Way SLI Bridge
    1 x SLI Cable
    1 x CrossFire Cable
    1 x 2 in 1 ASUS Q-Connector Kit
    3 x 2-in-1 SATA signal cables
    1 x 2-in-1 SATA 6G cables
    1 x 2-port USB2.0 + ESATA module
    1 x I/O Shield
    1 x Thermal Sensor Cable Pack
    1 x Cable Ties Pack
    1 x ROG theme label
    1 x 12-in-1 ROG Cable Label
    1 x Optional Fan-Thermal Module
    1 x RC Bluetooth card

    Bluetooth Module Accessory Card
    Bluetooth V2.0/V2.1+EDR
    RC Bluetooth On/Off Switch
    Support Disc Drivers
    ASUS PC Probe II
    ASUS AI Suite
    ASUS Update
    Kaspersky® Anti-Virus
    Futuremark® 3DMark® Vantage Advanced Edition
    ASUS TurboV EVO Utility

    Form Factor ATX Form Factor
  11. cocliosttro said:
    Asus Rampage 3 is not 775 socet

    http://www.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=jy0uafxYBCrJwksC&templete=2

    Model Number : N50 > N50-AS031C N50-123456 N50-234567 Specifications
    CPU Intel® Socket 1366 Core™ i7 Processor Extreme Edition/Core™ i7 Processor
    Support Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
    Refer to www.asus.com for Intel CPU support list

    Chipset Intel® X58 / ICH10R
    System Bus Up to 6400 MT/s with QuickPath Interconnection
    Memory 6 x DIMM, Max. 24 GB, DDR3 2200(O.C.)/2133(O.C.)/2000(O.C.)/1800(O.C.)/1600/1333/1066 Non-ECC,Un-buffered Memory
    Triple channel memory architecture
    Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
    *Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs.
    *Refer to www.asus.com or this user manual for the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lidts).
    Expansion Slots 4 x PCIe 2.0 x16 , support x16; x16/x16; x16/x8/x8 and x8/x8/x8/x8 configurations
    1 x PCIe x4
    1 x PCI 2.2

    Multi-GPU Support Support NVIDIA 3-Way SLI™ / ATI CrossFireX™ Technology
    4 PCIe x16 slots ready for 4 single PCB graphic cards
    Storage Intel ICH10R controller
    6 xSATA 3.0 Gb/s ports
    Intel Matrix Storage Technology Support RAID 0,1,5,10
    JMicron® JMB363 PATA and SATA controller
    1 xExternal SATA 3.0 Gb/s port (SATA On-the-Go)
    1 xSATA 3.0 Gb/s port
    Marvell® 9128 PCIe SATA 6Gb/s controller
    2 xSATA 6.0 Gb/s ports
    LAN Gigabit Intel® LAN
    Audio 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
    - Blu-ray audio layer Content Protection
    - Supports Jack-Detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-Retasking
    - Supports 1 Optical S/PDIF out port at back I/O
    IEEE 1394 2 x 1394a port(s) (1 port at back I/O, 1 port onboard)
    USB NEC® USB 3.0 controller
    - 2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (at back panel)
    Intel® ICH10R Southbridge
    - 9 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (2 ports at midboard; 6 ports at back panel, 1 reserved for ROG Connect)
    Overclocking Features ROG Connect
    RC Bluetooth
    ROG Extreme Engine Digi+
    - 8-phase CPU power
    - 3-phase QPI/DRAM power
    - 3-phase NB power
    - 3-phase Memory power
    - ML Caps on CPU, Memory and QPI respectively
    ProbeIt
    iROG
    Extreme Tweaker
    BIOS Flashback with onboard switch button
    USB BIOS Flashback
    Loadline Calibration
    ROG Extreme OC kit
    LN2 Mode
    PCIe x16 Lane Switch
    Q_Reset
    Double Power Supply with dual 8-pin (CPU) and dual 4-pin (VGA) molex power connectors
    Intelligent overclocking tools:
    - ASUS AI Booster Utility
    - O.C Profile
    Overclocking Protection:
    - COP EX (Component Overheat Protection - EX)
    - Voltiminder LED
    - ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
    Special Features CPU Level Up
    MemOK!
    Onboard Switches: Power / Reset / Clr CMOS (at rear)
    ASUS MyLogo3
    ASUS Fan Xpert
    ASUS EZ Flash 2
    ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
    Q-Fan Plus
    ROG BIOS Wallpaper
    ASUS Q-Connector
    ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
    ASUS Q-Slot
    ASUS Q-DIMM
    Back Panel I/O Ports 1 x PS/2 Keyboard port (purple)
    1 x Clr CMOS switch
    1 x Optical S/PDIF out port
    1 x IEEE 1394a connector
    1 x External SATA port
    1 x LAN (RJ45) port
    1 x ROG Connect On/Off switch
    1 x RC Bluetooth switch
    2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (Blue)
    7 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (1 port also for ROG Connect)
    8-channel Audio I/O
    Internal I/O Connectors 1 x USB 2.0 connector supports additional 2 USB 2.0 ports
    9 x SATA connectors: 2 x SATA 6G connectors (Red); 7 x standard SATA connectors (6 in Grey, 1 in Black)
    1 x QPI Loadline calibration switch jumper (QPI_LL_SW)
    8 x Fan connectors: 1 x CPU / 1 x PWR / 3 x Chassis / 3 x Optional
    1 x Connector for optional fan-thermal module
    8 x ProbeIt Measurement Points
    3 x Thermal sensor connectors
    1 x IEEE1394a connector
    1 x SPDIF_Out Connector
    1 x 24-pin ATX Power connector
    2 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connectors
    1 x En/Dis-able Clr CMOS header
    1 x LN2 Mode Header
    1 x START (Power On) button
    1 x RESET button
    2 x EZ Plug connectors (4-pin Molex Power connectors)
    1 x OC Station header
    1 x RC Bluetooth header
    1 x Go Button
    1 x BIOS Switch button
    1 x ROG light connector
    1 x CD Audio in
    1 x Audio front panel
    1 x System panel connector

    BIOS 16 Mb Flash ROM AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.5, ACPI2.0a Multi-Language BIOS

    Manageability WOL by PME,WOR by PME,PXE
    Accessories 1 x ROG Connect cable
    1 x ProbeIt cable set
    1 x 3-Way SLI Bridge
    1 x SLI Cable
    1 x CrossFire Cable
    1 x 2 in 1 ASUS Q-Connector Kit
    3 x 2-in-1 SATA signal cables
    1 x 2-in-1 SATA 6G cables
    1 x 2-port USB2.0 + ESATA module
    1 x I/O Shield
    1 x Thermal Sensor Cable Pack
    1 x Cable Ties Pack
    1 x ROG theme label
    1 x 12-in-1 ROG Cable Label
    1 x Optional Fan-Thermal Module
    1 x RC Bluetooth card

    Bluetooth Module Accessory Card
    Bluetooth V2.0/V2.1+EDR
    RC Bluetooth On/Off Switch
    Support Disc Drivers
    ASUS PC Probe II
    ASUS AI Suite
    ASUS Update
    Kaspersky® Anti-Virus
    Futuremark® 3DMark® Vantage Advanced Edition
    ASUS TurboV EVO Utility

    Form Factor ATX Form Factor

    Sorry! but your video link certainly is!
  12. true.I am sorry i linked worng video.
    Tho dont you agree that Rampage 3 is a verry good motherboard?
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