Should I upgrade my sound card? (Creative X-fi XtremeMusic)

I bought the Creative X-Fi XtremeMusic a long time ago, I'm guessing back in 2006. This is my main audio card right now

I'm wondering if my on-board audio would be better than the card or if I should consider upgrading the card to something newer?

My motherboard is XFX MB-N780-ISH9 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI Intel Motherboard


I'm having some audio issues where video playback is really quiet, but gaming and other windows sounds are totally fine. I don't know if the card (and drivers) are just old or if I have some serious configuration issue somewhere.
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  1. Hello !

    Usually, the only reason to upgrade a sound card is that it died. From what you're saying, your card might be close to the end of its life.
    6 years is a lot to ask for electronic components ! :-)

    If/when your card dies, I'd really suggest you buy a new one, especially if you have a good quality sound system. Even a 50$ one will be better than onboard audio.

    Asus is in my opinion the best sound card manufacturer out there, with cards suited to every need.
    If you're looking for a good affordable gaming sound card, I'd go with the Asus Xonar DX.

    Good luck,
    al360ex
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