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Old 12-29-2007, 11:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Sorry to bother you guys but..external Sound card?

What is a good external sound card? Or PCI express ( the little connector one right? ).

And if you could help me understand what the difference between a USB external sound card and a PCI_express one? I mean I don't care much about super great sound quality, but I want a decent card. My onboard sound is plain broke, it's probably the worst sounding sound I have ever heard in all the 15 years or so I have been building computers.
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whats your budget? this is the best cheap sound card

Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy SE 70SB057000000 at TigerDirect.com
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Well I can get what I need as far as money is concerned. But I don't need to waste money on something I won't fully appreciate. And that card is great except I don't want a card that uses a PCI slot. I am keeping an air pocket inside my case for my video card.

So I need an external one,or MAYBE possibly a PCI-Express one. The PCI express slot is above my videocard on the backside, so I think the sound card would not generate heat there. I think? Sound cards produce heat, or very much?
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Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Extreme PCIe 30SB082000000 at TigerDirect.com

I don't know much about this one... but..
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Default Re: Sorry to bother you guys but..external Sound card?

sound cards do not produce much heat at all
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ya not much heat at all
you can always put a pci-slot cooler right under your video card
Newegg.com - VANTEC SP-FC70-BL 70mm PCI Slot Case Cooler - Retail
all the $6 good ones are out of stock :/
you could always wait

here's a good pci-e sound card
Newegg.com - Creative SB X-Fi Xtreme Audio 70SB104000000 7.1 Channels PCI Express Interface Sound Card - Retail
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ya not much heat at all
you can always put a pci-slot cooler right under your video card
Newegg.com - VANTEC SP-FC70-BL 70mm PCI Slot Case Cooler - Retail
all the $6 good ones are out of stock :/
you could always wait

here's a good pci-e sound card
Newegg.com - Creative SB X-Fi Xtreme Audio 70SB104000000 7.1 Channels PCI Express Interface Sound Card - Retail
not so fast there bro, Extreme Audio cards are just rebranded Creative Live! Cards, and don't use the X-Fi Processors
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