windows xp home, 1.5gb ddr, 3ghz (2.17) barton, x800pro, a7n8x-x mobo and creative 4.1 speakers/sub and 550watt psu.
i've always used the onboard realtek ac97 sound. i have started to watch dvds on pc. thinking of getting creative audigy card (£40?). looking on web there are audigy cards with cables/without cables. other than speakers i won't be connecting any external audio devices to sound card so do i need 'cables'.
also, do i just: uninstall realtek driver, boot up and disable audio codec in bios, install new card and then install new driver? or is that to simple for some reason?
yes indeed - the xfi range get brillaint review (90%) in custom pc magazine (issue 026). but the one they like is £99 and I can't stretch that high - also my 4.1 speakers (£45) may not do a £99 card justice.
What tempts me to the Xfi range is not the audio quality but the very low system resource usage.For a gaming pc like mine the fact that you can use the full range of sound effects without taking a significant fps hit is worth having.
[quote]did any of you notice a major fps improvement when going from onboard to audigy 2 zs?[/quote]
I can't say I notice a difference in games but when I run 3d Mark 05 I get a couple of extra FPS in the benchmarks. Not really noticeable but having a dedicated sound card improves the sound quality no end so I would *never* go back to onboard sound again.