I am *when i have the time* an active gamer. Just beefed up my PC, and after a friend of mine got a dedicated audio card (Xonar DGX) I am convinced into getting a sound card myself. The problem is, I am virgin to audio cards. I spent about a few weeks looking around, and tonight about 4 hours straight, here on Head-Fi and googling like crazy and dammit, I am more confused now then when I started.
I want to get a sound card, and maybe a new headset. I play FPS, like BF3 competitively, positional audio I think would help out a great deal. I also listen to music AS much if not MORE than I game, and I also use my pc as my media player for movies and the television programs I do watch. I see threads saying get the X-Fi Titanium, then threads that say get the X-FI Titanium pro, Now I am seeing threads saying that the hardware is for outdated games that support hardware accelerated audio, and now days it's software based, so get a new Sound Blaster Z card, more future proof. Then I get comments from a close friend of mine saying get a DGX, it has a decent enough headphone AMP (I primarily game with my head set on) So I am lost, and looking for my hand to be held, I have searched and am lost in new terminology and utterly flabbergasted by the amount of loyalty people seem to have one brand vs the other. So far the only thing I know for sure is don't get a Recon card.
(TL:DR?) and to the point, Currently using on board audio, with a Razer Carcharias gaming head set. wanted to upgrade with a Xonar DGX 5.1, with a pair of
Superlux HD 681 Headphones ( or Superlux HD668B, or Sony MDR-V6 Monitor Series ) , the improvement I want is in gaming, but I would also appreciate a good bump in music quality, would like an improvement in video audio as well. With a budget of around $150 (would like to spend less if I could, two GTX 680's in the pc and an new Ivy bridge, my girlfriend is none to thrilled to see me shopping for an audio card) I was wondering what experienced audiophiles would suggest. Xonar DGX? Regular X-Fi Titanium or X-Fi Titanium HD? Or get a new Sound Blaster Z? Should I keep my Razer headset or get a new pair with the sound card? Links suggestions anything would be help full. Thanks
Edited by I3litzt - 1/3/13 at 7:09am