need help picking a sound card

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Joined: 01/31/2012
Posts: 3

i've only ever used on board sound but i've decided to try this whole sound card.

i'm looking for something under $50 preferably, and low profile is a must.
i listen to music and watch videos on my pc using headphone. i play games using speakers, but i don't really play much but a few simple things and sims. i have a PCI Express x1 and PCI Express x16. i've been looking at
Asus Xonar DGX
Asus Xonar DG
AuzenTech X-Studio 5.1

but i'd like to get a few opinions before i buy anything.

Razear's picture
Joined: 12/30/2008
Posts: 1127

I have a couple of Auzentech cards and they are nothing short of amazing. You can't go wrong with those ASUS cards either. Either way, make sure your sound system is up to snuff or you won't be able to reap the card's maximum potential.

Joined: 10/04/2012
Posts: 22

If your mother boards onboard sound is high def and it works for your standard use don't bother getting a sound card. People only really need sound cards these days if they are into video editing and want crystal clear sound for whatever work they are doing. Standard onboard sound cards will be bale to ahdnle what you need it to do.

3dGameMan's picture
Joined: 12/31/2000
Posts: 5311

Most really don't need a separate sound card: My video response:

Rodney Reynolds,

Joined: 10/08/2012
Posts: 10

Anything from the ASUS Xonar series is excellent, I have the Xonar Essence ST.