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    Sound Card

    Well basically looking for a semi decent sound card, which doesn't cost to much to replace my onboard sound due to problems in bf1942 one of the games i play most. I watch movies on my pc and listen to alot of music and play games when i have time, but due to buying alot of stuff lately im on a budget for a card which should do the job.

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    What system you got? Processor and memory etc?

    There's some ace sound cards out there

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    how about a Terratec Aureon 5.1 Fun for £30 from kustom :- http://www.kustompcs.co.uk/product.php?view=4048


    or if you've got a bit more cash to spend, a M-Audio Revolution 7.1 is £77 from kustom :- http://www.kustompcs.co.uk/product.php?view=4009

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    My specs are as followed.

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    Onboard Sound

    Not looking for anything to exspensive as im still paying back some loans and looking to get new gfx card next month.
    Just need something which will do the job, until i can afford a much better one later on in the year, early next year such as an audigy or something.
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    Are you sure it isn't something else that's causing the game to malfunction? Drivers, conflicts etc.

    Regarding which soundcard to buy, Creative's offerings are both over-hyped and overpriced and the drivers are flaky most of the time too. I would rec Hercules Fortissimo II/III, Philips Edge (Acoustic top notch) or Sonic Fury (TBSC). The Philips AE in particular is very interesting as it can produce DIRECTIONAL surround sound from a stereo source which should be ace for all those games lacking surround support.

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    I'll reccomend Terratec cards.

    I've got the Aureon Space 7.1 (you can pick it up for about £75 now) and it's a great card.

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    Originally posted by Austin
    Are you sure it isn't something else that's causing the game to malfunction? Drivers, conflicts etc.

    Regarding which soundcard to buy, Creative's offerings are both over-hyped and overpriced and the drivers are flaky most of the time too. I would rec Hercules Fortissimo II/III, Philips Edge (Acoustic top notch) or Sonic Fury (TBSC). The Philips AE in particular is very interesting as it can produce DIRECTIONAL surround sound from a stereo source which should be ace for all those games lacking surround support.
    Aye it is, because when i disable sound my fps shoots up, and ive read on some forums that onboard sound cuts fps in bf1942.
    And people have bought a sound card and disbaled on board and all is fine, so basically im going to do the same.

    Also with my onboard sound i can use voice coms in counter-strike, but when i use ventrillo or teamspeak i cant use in game comms aswell sais direct summit already in use. When i took sound card out of other pc i could do it in both unlike i could with onboard.
    I was looking at this "game surround" on dabs, but ill also look at the ones you mentioned above.

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    I'd recommend an SBLive 5.1 if you're after something cheap with good quality. It's about £25 OEM from Ebuyer.

    Regardless of what people say, if you're system is properly set up, you won't have any problems. The drivers are fine.
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    I might just pick one of them up then mate, for that price and if their decent might just be what im looking for.

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    i'd still recommend the terratec aureon 5.1 fun for £30 from kustom, £27 from dabs.

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    I wouldn't rec a SB Live, much of the flack they got (and get) is warranted. Quality is good as is capabilities BUT it seriously hogs the CPU and totally kills the PCI bus which is known to be weaker on VIA mobos like yours (although you have 8235 which is much improved). Getting a SB Live may undo much of what you are trying to do, free up CPU cycles.

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    i recently got an audigy 2 oem for 50+ P&P, and belive it is a excellent card for the money, runs excellent with full dts 5.1 set up through the av amp ***

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    Originally posted by Austin
    I wouldn't rec a SB Live, much of the flack they got (and get) is warranted. Quality is good as is capabilities BUT it seriously hogs the CPU and totally kills the PCI bus which is known to be weaker on VIA mobos like yours (although you have 8235 which is much improved). Getting a SB Live may undo much of what you are trying to do, free up CPU cycles.
    So Austin what would you recommend then mate up to £35 max. Seing as ill buy a better one early next year.
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    hercules fortissimo III or terratec aureon fun

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    Originally posted by Stylez
    So what would you recommend then mate up to £35 max. Seing as ill buy a better one early next year.
    i still recommend the terratec aureon 5.1 fun...

    ...i'll give up now!

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    Originally posted by fondie
    i still recommend the terratec aureon 5.1 fun...

    ...i'll give up now!
    Well im defiently looking into that now mate, asking Austin as hes got experience with these motherboards and will know whats best.

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