Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme music Card
I'm planning on buying a Sound Blaster X-Fi sound card to replace my Audigy LS. I'm doing this because certain games such as Halo, Half-Life 2, NFSMW, and a few others often have draggy sound during play and crash or stutter. I know that it is the card because other peeps on the Creative.com forum have experienced the same problem. The card is said to have no on-chip acceeration for games so it uses to CPU. I do have games that work with the card such as the Sims 2, Painkillers, Hitman Contract, Empire Earth 2, Doom 3, and other but some games just don't work right with this card. I am thinking of getting the X-Fi Xtreme Music card soon and want to know the answers to the following question:
1.Is the card good for gaming?
2.Since the requirenments are set higher for this card, will it hurt performance?
3.since the card is said to have the best gaming performance, will it help on my system?
My system specs:
XP Pro serv pack 1
AMD Athlon XP 2600 Barton Core
MSI Delta Mobo NForce2
Mushkin 1GB Ram 333 Bus
ATI Radeon 9600XT 128MB
Sound Blaster Audigy LS
Thermaltake 480 Watt Power Supply
Any help is greatly appreciated