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Old 01-15-2009, 01:14 AM   #1
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hey everyone. asking about a good sound card today. i want to buy a really good one. i have money to spend but dont wanna spend like $200 on a sound card u know haha. i have vista, and i cant really find a sound card for vista. please help thank you!
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Old 01-15-2009, 01:22 AM   #2
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For gaming, multimedia I can't complain a bit about simply tossing in a Creative X-Fi series XtremeGamer model. That won't set you back an arm and a leg there at all while some prefer the Fatality line up.

PCI or PCI-Express? The XtremeGamer pci model goes for $90.99 at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102006

The Fatality version of that runs about $45 more at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102005
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Old 01-15-2009, 01:22 AM   #3
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ive heard good things from this card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829156006

there the obvious creative sound card route, but with vista you might try to avoid that. im not in the loop about the latest drivers for it but last i heard they were poor for vista
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Old 01-15-2009, 06:18 AM   #4
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You could posibibly use the graphics card i have to use HD and Sound, that means you kill 2 birds with one stone? That will only work though if you have a HDMI Port on tv/moniter?
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Old 01-15-2009, 07:45 AM   #5
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ive heard good things from this card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829156006

there the obvious creative sound card route, but with vista you might try to avoid that. im not in the loop about the latest drivers for it but last i heard they were poor for vista
Actually when Vista first came out Creative's support site was seeing Vista drivers download and install on XP causing problems with the automatic updater that runs when first installing everything. Later they cleaned up that mess and separated each update.

The one thiing you didn't look at with that brand of card is what versions are supported. newguy11 is running Vista while the drivers for that list only upto XP! Creative drivers not only work well on 7 so far they carry updates for the 64bit editions of Vista.
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Actually when Vista first came out Creative's support site was seeing Vista drivers download and install on XP causing problems with the automatic updater that runs when first installing everything. Later they cleaned up that mess and separated each update.

The one thiing you didn't look at with that brand of card is what versions are supported. newguy11 is running Vista while the drivers for that list only upto XP! Creative drivers not only work well on 7 so far they carry updates for the 64bit editions of Vista.
Creative has one huge advantage in the driver department, Daniel K., the dude is amazing, he knows Creative's hardware and drivers better than Creative's own engineers, he has a modded set of drivers out already for Win7...

Daniel K. does it again

they should hire this guy as a consultant or something as much as he fixes their drivers for the masses that have Creative sound cards...

also, here's a link to their refurbished sale, I got a X-Fi Platinum for less than $70 shipped, there are some really good deals on there and my "refurbished" card and drive bay didn't have a sctratch on it, it looked brand spankin' new and works like it's new too...

refurbished Creative products
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Sounds good to me! But I simply installed one of the updates I downloaded and saved to a folder for Vista and haven't seen one glitch come up. Supposedly most of the Vista drivers out now will easily work when 7 is out in the finished form there too.
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Creative drivers not only work well on 7 so far they carry updates for the 64bit editions of Vista.
I have yet to see a driver made for vista that won't work in windows 7
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Everything I've installed as far as regular programs except one has worked without problems. Some 3rd party tools written for Vista still won't install however due to the newer version error typically seen when changing over.
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