Sound card. $20 budget.

Hey guys. I want a sound card. I am currently using a splitter in the green Rear Panel 3.5 mm jack, for a JBL theater subwoofer and ALTEC AC35 speakers. I'd like a card that will give good audio quality, etc... Please find me one! I don't know much about this kind of stuff. I have a thing where my subwoofer has a 3.5 mm jack at the end. I'm also thinking about adding another single speaker.


Thanks, Clp.
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  1. Hi :)

    For $20 you would be better off with a stick and a tin can lol...

    All the best Brett :)
  2. err, fleabay for something used? about all you're gonna get for $20 that's not completely ***. seen lots of the dell oem version of the x-fi extreme gamer cards around recently for cheap, think model number was sb0770.
  3. jpoos said:
    seen lots of the dell oem version of the x-fi extreme gamer cards around recently for cheap, think model number was sb0770.


    I have one of those myself. :) Finding drivers is a bear, though (Creative doesn't support it and there aren't any updated drivers from Dell for Win 7, so you have to use Daniel_K or PAX drivers).
  4. Just use the on board sound card if you have a budget of $20.
  5. ^+1

    I would stick with the on-board audio card as well. The vast majority of on-board cards these days have excellent audio, support 7.1 analogue output and an optical output which can be used with a surround sound system.

    Of course, that's assuming you have one of the many half decent motherboards that's been built in the last few years.
  6. +1
    pauls3743 said:
    ^+1

    I would stick with the on-board audio card as well. The vast majority of on-board cards these days have excellent audio, support 7.1 analogue output and an optical output which can be used with a surround sound system.

    Of course, that's assuming you have one of the many half decent motherboards that's been built in the last few years.
  7. +1
    Unless you want to spend more (~60), you can just get an external usb DAC with line out.
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