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December 16, 2012 1:29:00 AM

I have been planning on getting a new headset (Razer Tiamat 2.2) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Since I'm planning on upgrading my headset, I have started considering adding a sound card to my build. I am not looking to spend more money than needed. I want a card that will give me boosted sound quality to go along with the new headset without going way overboard. I have been considering the Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D SB1350 http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00654PUPA/cupcr...
Is this a good choice or is there a card that you think gives a better bang for the buck
My specs:
Gigabyte GA-Z77-UD3H
Intel i5 3570k
Sapphire Radeon 6950 2GB
8GB RAM
750W Power Supply

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December 16, 2012 5:00:50 AM

Yeah, for $100 it's a good card.
- The die hards will say the SNR is too low, but for a $100 card that does more to enhance the audio you're not going to notice the difference anyway.
- EDIT: At that price it's a steal!

Once you go past 112dB SNR it's impossible for most people to hear the difference, even people with extended high range hearing will have trouble as most speakers max out at 20,000 Hz anyway...

OMG, looks like I should have waited myself...
- There are better Creative Sound Blaster 'ZX' cards out now, but the Core3D/Recon3D ones are still a jump from the previous generation of PCI cards.
- It doesn't sound like either of us are interested in the > $150 audio cards anyway.
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December 17, 2012 2:39:04 AM

Scott_D_Bowen said:
Yeah, for $100 it's a good card.
- The die hards will say the SNR is too low, but for a $100 card that does more to enhance the audio you're not going to notice the difference anyway.
- EDIT: At that price it's a steal!

Once you go past 112dB SNR it's impossible for most people to hear the difference, even people with extended high range hearing will have trouble as most speakers max out at 20,000 Hz anyway...

OMG, looks like I should have waited myself...
- There are better Creative Sound Blaster 'ZX' cards out now, but the Core3D/Recon3D ones are still a jump from the previous generation of PCI cards.
- It doesn't sound like either of us are interested in the > $150 audio cards anyway.

Thanks for the help,
I was also wondering how much of an improvement this card is over my onboard audio. My motherboard has an audio chip VIA VT2021 with 8 channels. I found this information online.

Via
VT2021
7.1+2 Channel
Output: 24-Bit, 192KHz, 110dB
Input: 24-Bit, 192KHz, 100dB
Motherboards:
Gigabyte – GA-H77-D3H-MVP; GA-H77M-D3H; GA-H77-D3H; GA-Z77X-UD3H; GA-Z77X-D3H; GA-Z77-D3H; GA-Z77MX-D3H; GA-Z77M-D3H

The specs for the sound card are here under details, how much of an improvement is this, or is my onboard audio better?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=29-102-...
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