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On board sound or SB Audigy 2?

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September 27, 2010 5:53:41 PM

I am building a new I7 X58 Windows 7 64 bit system. I am using an EVGA X58 SLI mobo. I have an Audigy 2 in my existing computer that I could install in the new system.

Should I install the Audigy 2 or use the onboard sound? Are the Audigy 2 drivers stable on Windows 7? Should I just buy a new sound card instead or is on board good enough at this point? Back in the day a seperate sound card was great because it took the load off of the cpu. I know that isn't important nowadays.

I mainly use the computer for gaming with Logitech Z5500 speakers.

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September 27, 2010 8:35:11 PM

Until about a month ago i had my old Audigy 2-ZS in a new Win7 build.
And yes it sounded better then my ALC 889 onboard.
Problem was i could never get the full suite with all the goodies to install.
Still sounded better then onboard though on Z5300's.
Btw i replaced the Audigy card only because i found a really good deal on the Auzentech X-Plosion card for $35 and it has Win7 drivers.
Btw it sounds even better then the Audigy did.
If you're like me and it sounds like you are onboard just doesn't cut it.
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September 28, 2010 12:57:33 AM

I think I will get it up and running with the onboard sound then try out the Audigy 2 to see how/if it works.
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September 28, 2010 1:54:20 AM

beekermartin said:
I think I will get it up and running with the onboard sound then try out the Audigy 2 to see how/if it works.

By all means it's worth the effort.
I built my rig and added the Audigy about a week later.
I think you'll notice the difference once you add yours as well.
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September 28, 2010 6:06:26 PM

lol??? im sure it sounds worse then the onboard.... the specs dont lie.
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