Help needed regarding sound card and speakers


I'm building a HTPC system for the first time with the following components
1]Mobo: ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe [Mentioning this 'cause you can compare onboard audio with sound cards]
2]Speakers: Logitech Surround Sound Z506

Didn't get much help from this thread hence asking,

I'm on a limited budget considering speakers and sound card.
And I want to have good quality 5.1 Channel surround sound experience.
So,which of the following sound cards should I opt for

[1]ASUS XONAR DX 7.1 Channel Sound Card
[2]ASUS XONAR D2X 7.1 Channel Sound Card

I don't want to spend more on sound card as compared to the mentioned speakers
and hence I think D2X wouldn't be good choice considering the price if the DX version offers pretty much good quality surround sound experience overall.

Every bit of help is appreciated.
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    The D2(X), while a very good card, is hard to justify over the DX because its not THAT much better (IE: not worth twice the cost). If you can get one for about $100, go for it. But the DX is more then enough for most people.
  2. Definitely the standard DX
  3. Oh I see.
    Yeah the DX card is available under 100$ at just about 88-90$ here.

    Could you tell me what sound benefits would I get from DX version over lower end ASUS's sound cards and would the mentioned speakers fully support the DX version card?

    'Cause I'm building a mid range performance HTPC system with the following components
    1]CPU: Intel Core-i7 3770K
    2]GPU: ASUS GTX 680 Top Version
    3]RAM: Corsair Dominator Platinum 1600MHz C9 [4 x 8GB]
    4]PSU: Corsair AX Series 850W
    5]SSD: Corsair Neutron Series GTX 240GB
    6]MOBO: ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe
    7]Monitor: ASUS VG278H 3D
    8]Speakers: Logitech Surround Sound Z506
    9]SC: As you suggested ASUS XONAR DX 7.1 Sound Card
  4. you should get decent sound quality from that system at low levels

    one of the main reasons to go with a dedicated sound card is for the s/n ratio levels compared to on-board audio.
  5. Thats why my first choice for motherboard was ASUS Maximus-V Formula 'cause it has a dedicated sound processor with SupremeFX-IV which is like the sound you get from a very high quality sound card like the ASUS XONAR Essence but due to case restrictions [my case is Corsair Obsidian 650D] I chose to opt for a separate motherboard and sound card.

    Anyways, thanks everybody for your help. :)
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