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Old 02-18-2006, 08:26 PM   #1
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Default Looking for 5.1 sound card: Cheap and effective!

Yeah, Looking for (I think a 24bit sound card) I have seen them as low as like 20.00 USD. But, those im afraid are too cheap. Although im sure that anything is better then intigrated sounds right? So yeah, I have some 100 watt speakers.. And just lookin for something that gives me even, clean steady sound. You know how sound can jump in games, when you change angles. Well I wanna avoid that. But mind you cheap. So a little help please,

These are what im looking at..
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...SubCategory=57
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Old 02-18-2006, 09:50 PM   #2
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Default Re: Looking for 5.1 sound card: Cheap and effective!

Creative Labs sells reconditioned sound cards on Ebay. I bought an Audugy(sp) 2 THX card from them for $35.00. Shipped fast and I downloaded the latest drivers from their website. It did come with proper CD and instructions. I forget what the warrenty is. 3 months maybe? Sounds excellent!
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Old 02-18-2006, 09:55 PM   #3
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eBay is definitely the place to look for cheap, good quality sound cards but if you want to get it off of Newegg, I like this one:

AOpen Cobra AW850D 5.1 Channels 24-bit 48KHz PCI Interface Sound Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829117107

It's pretty cheap and good quality. Personally, I like the Audigy 2 or the X-fi, but those can get pretty high in cost.
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Old 02-18-2006, 10:15 PM   #4
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Default Re: Looking for 5.1 sound card: Cheap and effective!

Well jonS, off newegg, how much is your card worth?
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Old 02-19-2006, 03:31 AM   #5
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Default Re: Looking for 5.1 sound card: Cheap and effective!

So.. Things like these is what i should watch for..
http://search.ebay.com/Sound-Blaster...ofocusZunknown
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Old 02-19-2006, 08:55 PM   #6
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Well jonS, off newegg, how much is your card worth?
I don't knowbecause they don't make that card anymore. Its supposed to have been $129 retail. Thats probably at CompUSA. This might be the one, but the prices are slightly different. Anyway, its still a good deal.
http://cgi.ebay.com/Creative-Sound-B...QQcmdZViewItem
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Old 02-19-2006, 10:54 PM   #7
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Default Re: Looking for 5.1 sound card: Cheap and effective!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...MakeTrack=true

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...MEWA%3AIT&rd=1

Are those two cards the same? Because the one you gave me was refurbished, but the one that i found is like brand new. And a penny more

So which one is better. And if anyone else can provide links for really good cards, please let me know.

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Well the second one doesnt come with software. So.. is that really a big deal? Couldnt I just find it on the internet?

Hell I dont know.. Just someone, hook me up with some info
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Default Re: Looking for 5.1 sound card: Cheap and effective!

I'm using the Creative Sound Blaster Live! 24-bit right now. It's perfect...music, games, movies...everything sounds wonderful.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102176
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Old 02-20-2006, 01:11 AM   #9
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Default Re: Looking for 5.1 sound card: Cheap and effective!

Well.. (no offence). But you can get much better off ebay, for about that price. So do you think that its worth it on ebay. Or just get that?
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It depends if you want to take that risk. Maybe 50%+ of that whole site is filled with scammers. Some are legit sellers, but some aren't...I prefer to just buy it retail. You get the hardware fresh without anyone else ever using it, and you can always just exchange or RMA it if there is some manufacturing defect.
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