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First soundcard

Discussion in 'Sound City' started by Raj, 29 Jul 2006.

  1. Raj

    Gangster

    Joined: 28 Jul 2006

    Posts: 107

    Im building my first PC and its my first soundcard, ive chosen the following:

    Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 4 7.1 EAX Sound Card - OEM - £30.50

    I already own a set of 7.1 medium okish Creative speakers and was wondering a few things.

    1) Is this the best soundcard for its money for playing games and listening to music (im no audiophile)

    2) Does OEM just mean no manuals, no shiny box and no driver CDs? or is there more to it?

    Thanks in advance, Raj
     
  2. Shakey_Jake33

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    Joined: 22 Jan 2006

    Posts: 263

    The card is an absolute steal for the price. Most people won't notice any real difference between this card and the X-Fi (I can, but it's not night and day), and it's massively cheaper. Best bang-for-buck card out there I reckon.

    They usually do come with the driver CD though (my old OEM Audigy2ZS did anyway), as you can't get the control panel etc from the Creative page.
     
  3. Raj

    Gangster

    Joined: 28 Jul 2006

    Posts: 107

    Are there any wires missing? like the wire that goes between the CD/DVD drive and the sound card thing?
     
  4. Sweetloaf

    Soldato

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    Location: Southport

    Not needed with XP and beyond :)
     
  5. Raj

    Gangster

    Joined: 28 Jul 2006

    Posts: 107

    Is it likely that i will notice the differance between onboard sound of a Gigabyte DS3 and this, i know its a personal thing, i cannot tell the differance in bit rate past 192 kbs?

    Basically is it worth spending it on the sound card, i do play alot of games, just coudl spend the money on going from E6300 to E6400.

    Thanks in advance, Raj