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Is a Sound Card worth the money?

by darkside 94 / May 7, 2007 5:08 AM PDT

I a buying a new pc. Planning to do a lot of gaming on it. Is a Creative Audio X-FI PCI card worth $79?
Thank you for your help. Though I will not be at my pc for a while and may not respond.

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Iffy.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 7, 2007 5:16 AM PDT

While I didn't hear much difference in the headphones the RECORDING was stellar compared to almost every onboard sound system I've tried.

Bob

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I think its a great buy
by jconner / May 7, 2007 5:57 AM PDT

and in fact I use the X-Fi Fidelity with Creative speakers. Very satisfied. Comes with some fairly good software as well.

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yes
by ramarc / May 7, 2007 6:40 AM PDT

x-fi has lower cpu usage (which means higher framerates in games) and it sounds much better than built-in sound. creative's eax implementation is way better than most built-in stuff so you'll hear sounds clearer, with better directional placing, and great environmental effects.

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SPEAKERS!!!!
by pkiddmui / May 8, 2007 12:49 AM PDT
In reply to: yes

Good Sound Card + cheap speakers = wasted time and effort.

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Speakers?
by darkside 94 / May 8, 2007 5:51 AM PDT
In reply to: SPEAKERS!!!!

Would it be worth having a 2.1 audio system with it? If so what would be best for the money?

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