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Hey I'm looking for a sound card that would match my current setup at the least possible cost.. nothing cheapo but something that would work with what i currently have. The motherboard i currently have dosn't seem to put out good quality sound that I'm used to hearing with my old setup. Would a sound card in my situation help? if so where would be a good place to start? Looking for something in the 30-60$ range if possible.

 

Motherboard:

http://us.msi.com/product/mb/FM2A55ME33.html

 

Speaker setup:

http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Z-2300-THX-Certified-Speaker-Subwoofer/dp/B0002SQ2P2

 

Headphones:

http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATH-M50-Professional-Monitor-Headphones/dp/B000ULAP4U/ref=sr_1_sc_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1394693115&sr=1-2-spell&keywords=audio+tecnnica


Edited by androosky - 3/12/14 at 11:46pm
post #2 of 7

You might be able to find a Sound Blaster Z sound card OEM on sale for around $57.

Or buy a used SB-Z off eBay.

post #3 of 7

I don't know enough about motherboards to tell you if it will fit but the ASUS Xonar DG is a FANTASTIC sound card and it is only $25-$30 at Amazon.  I have one and absolutely LOVE it.  Check them out.

post #4 of 7

Yeah man,.. even Soundblaster's Titanium HD is only like $120,.. and it'll make your speakers scream!  Which slot do you want to use though?  Can you use that PCI-Ex2 or is it too close to the video card?  You've got that one PCI slot on this micro board.  Hell if it were down to that, you might just want to throw a USB card in that for the extra ports & run an external DAC off of one of them.

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Ill probably purchasing the Asus card seeing as i have the extra PCI slot on my motherboard, couldnt find any better deals for what you get. From what i understand it has an included amp, does this give extra juice to the headphones which result in a better sound? Sorry but i dont have much experience with audio.. I guess ill see how it goes and if i notice a difference or not. 

 

http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-XONAR-Headphone-Audio-Card/dp/B0045JHJSS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1395045752&sr=8-1&keywords=ASUS+Xonar+DG

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Originally Posted by androosky View Post
 

Ill probably purchasing the Asus card seeing as i have the extra PCI slot on my motherboard, couldnt find any better deals for what you get. From what i understand it has an included amp, does this give extra juice to the headphones which result in a better sound? Sorry but i dont have much experience with audio.. I guess ill see how it goes and if i notice a difference or not. 

 

http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-XONAR-Headphone-Audio-Card/dp/B0045JHJSS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1395045752&sr=8-1&keywords=ASUS+Xonar+DG

Both the Xonar DG and DGX will work on your motherboard, as you have a PCI and PCI-E 1X slot.

Newegg currently has a $10 mail in rebate for most Xonar sound cards.

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Originally Posted by androosky View Post

Ill probably purchasing the Asus card seeing as i have the extra PCI slot on my motherboard, couldnt find any better deals for what you get. From what i understand it has an included amp, does this give extra juice to the headphones which result in a better sound? Sorry but i dont have much experience with audio.. I guess ill see how it goes and if i notice a difference or not. 

http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-XONAR-Headphone-Audio-Card/dp/B0045JHJSS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1395045752&sr=8-1&keywords=ASUS+Xonar+DG

Yes, The Xonar DG has a headphone amp that, IMO, does a good job. Then again, I have nothing to compare it to. It is the first sound card I have had they has a headphone amp. The adjustment to increase the amp is in the software. It doesn't automatically amp the headphones. You have to enable it in the software but I think it makes things sound better.
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