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Please recommend a good sound card

Last response: in Components
September 25, 2010 7:57:03 AM


First post here. A friend recommended me here so here I go... I have a Dell Dimension 4700 desktop and my default sound card is the Creative Labs Audigy 2 ZS. The sound card is currently causing crackling noises to go through my speakers. I read that the crackling is a common thing with these sound cards.

Soooo, I'm in the hunt trying to purchase a sound card that has great quality and is at a reasonable price range (no more than $100.00). The thing is that I have no idea what sounds cards out there are compatible with my Dell desktop. Please if anyone out there has some suggestions, it would be much appreciated.
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September 25, 2010 8:43:40 AM

Can't see the link. Anyway the Asus goes in the same slot (PCI) so it's compatible. It's half the height of the Creative and 4x better, especially for music.
September 25, 2010 9:04:57 AM

Are you sure its not the speakers/wires? Might want to try a driver update as well. Also if its just for music, whats wrong with onboard?
September 25, 2010 9:10:50 AM

Audigy is famous for crackling. Try disabling all what's "in" in your sound card application though. Line-in, etc. Also you can look up and try the Daniel_K modded drivers.
September 28, 2010 5:37:40 PM

Thanks for all your suggestions. I actually just purchased a $20.00 Diamond sound card. Hopefully it well work great with my desktop.
September 28, 2010 5:52:12 PM

you relaly might wanna consider upgrading speakers before you buy any sound card.
September 28, 2010 6:02:47 PM

I did that already, same result. I'm preety sure it's the sound card.
September 28, 2010 9:40:49 PM

its not the speakers u linked is it??
September 28, 2010 9:59:55 PM

Nope, I got some other expensive speakers thinking it was those cheap speakers...same crackling noise came out of them as well.
September 29, 2010 10:02:30 AM

then i belive its the soundcard thats causing this, like u sed.
October 4, 2010 5:47:41 PM

I received my new sound card, installed it and all is well. :-)