Hi. I'm about to buy a new Computer. I need advice on the Sound system. I'm going to be playing Battlefield 2, Quake 4, and playing MP3 audio etc.
If I choose the Creative Soundblaster X-Fi Extreme Music Card, it is an extra £70 which really stretches my budget. I've looked at the Soundblaster card and its really impressive. Plus it's good value at £70. Creative are advertising it for £99 on their website!
But the PC that I intend to buy automatically comes with "7.1 Channel Surround Sound (On-Board)".
Would this 7.1 Surround Sound On Board be any good for games & music?
What would you do? Pay that extra bit for the Soundblaster Card? Or save money and choose the Surround Sound On Board?
Have to agree with the others, three or four years ago I'd have advised going with the seperate sound card but onboard sound has come on leaps and bounds and is really rather good now. As Diodorus Siculus has said if you're not happy you can always add a sound card later.
in my opinion your best bet is to stick with youreonboard sound card and invest your money in a good set of speakers 7.1 can be a bit messy(wires)i use logitechz2300 thx technology very powerful as good as any 5.1 system i have herd.