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Building a new rig, never had a soundcard, looking for advice
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Default Building a new rig, never had a soundcard, looking for advice - 03-22-2013, 22:51 | posts: 17 | Location: NY

Hey everyone.

Per threads here and here I'm going to start building my first new rig in 6 years, and the former of those threads convinced me to splurge for a soundcard. Now I haven't had a PC with a soundcard in it for at least a decade; I've always just gone with the onboard and not thought about it. But I have definitely gotten the feeling that my new Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 speakers aren't doing all they could be doing for me, so I'm ready to commit to an add-in setup. However, I'm starting my knowledge base from basically scratch, so any advice anyone has to offer me is much appreciated.

Note, since some in those threads implied this could impact it: I want a small PC, if not strictly SFF then still less than half the size of a standard box.
   
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Default 03-22-2013, 23:16 | posts: 2,598 | Location: Australia

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Note, since some in those threads implied this could impact it: I want a small PC, if not strictly SFF then still less than half the size of a standard box.
If you are going ITX you may need an external one. If you get a M-ATX board something like the Xonar DG or DX depending on your budget may be a good choice.
   
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Default 03-23-2013, 05:45 | posts: 9,310 | Location: Toledo

Anyone know anything about the new Creative Z series? They're getting high reviews on Newegg, for all that's worth.
   
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Default 03-23-2013, 15:49 | posts: 299 | Location: Kedah, Malaysia

^ new one from creative...
got 3 types, ZxR, Zx and Z model

http://asia.creative.com/products/pr...&product=21383
   
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Default 03-23-2013, 21:30 | posts: 2,535 | Location: Toronto, Ontario

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Anyone know anything about the new Creative Z series? They're getting high reviews on Newegg, for all that's worth.
http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=367184

18 page thread on it.
   
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Default 03-23-2013, 23:43 | posts: 9,310 | Location: Toledo

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Lol, shows how often I'm in here...
   
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