soundcard around 20 dollar

I need a decent soundcard to play music and watch movies. I don't play game that much.

I was thinking of getting C-Media CMI8768 PCI 8-Channel Sound Card or Turtle Beach Riviera 5.1 Channel Surround Sound. Which one is better? Is there any other soundcard around $20.00 that is good. I have VIA chipset so I will try to avoid Creative soundcard.


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Aspire X-Alien / Antec SX1040B
P4 2.8B OC to 3.3 / AXP 1.67 OC to 1.9
Abit IC7 / Abit KR7A
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  1. If you are outputing digitally and don't game then CMEDIA's can't be beat.

    If its analog output the CMedia should do fine, but I think the Turtle Beach card might have better analog sound quality.
  2. Thank for the reply. I may just get the CMedia soundcard. Just on more note, this soundcard Guillemot Maxi Sound ForTissimO is also around 20.00 dollar area. Is it any better?

    <font color=red> Live long, Live to the fullest and be Bless </font color=red> :wink:
    <font color=blue> ____________</font color=blue>
    Aspire X-Alien / Antec SX1040B
    P4 2.8B OC to 3.3 / AXP 1.67 OC to 1.9
    Abit IC7 / Abit KR7A
  3. What is wrong with your onboard sound?

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  4. Onboard sound take CPU power
    Only stay onboard and can't move to another PC
    Quality sound is less, but not by much
    Less features
    Can not selective (what brand on the board is what U get)

    Overall #1 reason, motherboard does not have onboard sound. Where do I get onboard sound with motherboard that does not have onboard sound? I never know I have onboard sound. Must be hiding pretty well. Must be magic.


    <font color=red> Live long, Live to the fullest and be Bless </font color=red> :wink:
    <font color=blue> ____________</font color=blue>
    Aspire X-Alien / Antec SX1040B
    P4 2.8B OC to 3.3 / AXP 1.67 OC to 1.9
    Abit IC7 / Abit KR7A
  5. Your Abit IC7 has 6-Channel AC 97 CODEC on board, need to enable it in bios.

    Your Abit KR7A does not have onboard sound.

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    And the sign says "You got to have a membership card to get inside" Huh
    So I got me a pen and paper And I made up my own little sign</pre><p></font color=red>
  6. The soundcard is for the KR7A. As I stated from the 1st post, the board has VIA chipset. I'm using onboard for IC7 and it working fine.

    <font color=red> Live long, Live to the fullest and be Bless </font color=red> :wink:
    <font color=blue> ____________</font color=blue>
    Aspire X-Alien / Antec SX1040B
    P4 2.8B OC to 3.3 / AXP 1.67 OC to 1.9
    Abit IC7 / Abit KR7A
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