I would need a bit of help, i am planning to get some kind of soundcard for my computer and i'm in a bit of a dilemma what to get. Thing is i really want to get rid of my on-board audio because its **** and i've been nice to it... It crackles, it pops, has a LOT of static by default and im really tired of it at this point.
So without further a do, my needs, and "restrictions":
-Im not a huge audiophile(yet bc im poor :) ) but i like to enjoy my music in the best quality its available to me.
-Price is approx. 100$ MAX so try to think of something less than this, i wouldn't want to go above it at all.
-I run a 5.1 audio system now, really old creative one but i use it as 2.1 due to the other speakers cables are broke. I use this 90% of the time for everything from listening to music to movies gaming etc.
- Though if im playing a specific game with teamspeak on behind, i plug in a headset, so it'd be good to have separate connectors for that.
So i've looked at two contestants, the Creative X-fi usb 5.1 (approx 60$) and the Asus Xonar U7(approx 100$)
So what do you guys think? I want a good quality stuff and i had Creative soundcard before and i still have it in one of my old pc-s and works like a charm. It costs less Would it be good, any experience anyone? Or should i get the asus, is the value that much better with even the extra cost?
Do i even need an external soundcard? I heard they are better bc its isolated from the rest of the computer circuit making it better shielded against static.(also i can just carry it around to my laptop or whatever, but thats not really a big factor)
I was also looking at the creative recon pci-e (60$) as well for an inbuilt option.
ALSO if you have any other producst you can recommend from other manufacturers you know in this pricerange, PLEASE DO, im open for all options.
If you read it through, thank you for your time and help, its much appreciated! :)