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Sound Card PCIE to use with Sennheiser 558 headphones?

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I'm looking for a PCIE sound card (not many options from what I've seen). I can't decide between creative labs and Asus Xonar sound cards. The sound card MUST be PCIE, as my motherboard doesn't have any PCI slots. I pretty much always use my Sennheiser 558 headphones as well. Any advice would be appreciated. Here's the items I already bought for my first PC build:




CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K



Motherboard: ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard



Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card 02G-P4-2678-KR



Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Internal Desktop Hard Drive Bulk/OEM - WD1002FAEX



CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+



SSD Hard Drive: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)



Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9



Optical Drive: Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98 - Retail (Black)



Monitor: Dell UltraSharp U2412M Black IPS Panel 24" 8ms Pivot, Swivel & Height Adjustable LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 DC 2,000,000:1 (1000:1) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824260047

Speaker: DELL UltraSharp and Professional Series 468-7412 10 W 2.0 AX510 Flat Panel Stereo SoundBar http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16836260002&Tpk=Dell%20AX510


Case: Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl w/ USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Silent PC Computer Case



Sound Card: ?


Power Supply: ?


Head Phones: Sennheiser HD 558 Headphones





Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium

Productivity Suite: Office 2010 Home & Student Edition


post #2 of 4

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139054 as a PSU, it's very good that you have good 650w PSU, you want to make sure that all of your components are getting clean, good power, just to make sure that theres not going to be any weird spikes or anything like that, it can degrade your components over time..

as for the sound card, go with this one 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102048 its pretty awesome.

I'm just surprised you went with this generation of cards like 670, you can get 770 for the same price or even better 7970 paying 100 bucks less.

Why 3570k though? Or you bought it before?

Edited by Antonive - 10/2/13 at 2:56pm
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Two card I think are the best in their price range


Asus Xonar DGX sound card, $37 and there is a $10 mail in rebate this month.

Creative Sound Blaster Z, (SB1500), $95

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I bought that stuff quite a while ago. It's all been sitting in my closet as I've been saving up for sound card and PSU. I hope the CPU chip is good though because this is the first & last desktop I'm buying. I figure laptops will be able to do everything a desktop can do down the road anyways.

3570k was/is a really popular choice at the time. Pretty much gonna get RM750 as it's only $10 more. I'm going to read some reviews on it now.


I'm conflicted on whether to get a creative or Asus sound card. Asus drivers suck horribly but they have those uni drivers. I know next to nothing on the technical aspects of these audio cards.


OK, here's what I got to choose from:


Asus Xonar
    DGX - 5.1
    DSX - 7.1


Creative Labs

    X-Fi Titanium
    Blaster Z

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