PC with sound blaster?

  pittza 18:18 06 May 2008

taking into account that my PC is quite old and the sound card I want (sound blaster X-FI platinum sound card) is over £100 is there a new PC I could buy that would have this card or an even better one already installed? Thanks Pittza

  wotbus@ 19:13 06 May 2008

1.Would the sound card you want be compatible with your old system?
2. You are stalling on the price of the card but not the price of a new PC with this card fitted???
3. Are you replacing a card?
4. What are you system specs?

  pittza 18:40 07 May 2008

Hi wotbus,
Yes I am replacing my old card with the x-fi and it is compatible but my PC seems slow and its quite old . I have been thinking of changing it for some time so if I can get one with the new card already in it I think it would be money well spent. system specs :
Operating System System Model
Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 (build 2600) MSI MS-6712 1.0
Processor a Main Circuit Board b
1.30 gigahertz AMD Athlon XP
128 kilobyte primary memory cache
256 kilobyte secondary memory cache Board: MSI MS-6712 1.0
Bus Clock: 100 megahertz
BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. Version 07.00T 04/02/01
Drives Memory Modules c,d
83.42 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
32.49 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

_NEC DVD_RW ND-3520A [CD-ROM drive]
3.5" format removeable media [Floppy drive]

Apple iPod USB Device [Hard drive] (20.00 GB) -- drive 2
IC35L080AVVA07-0 [Hard drive] (82.35 GB) -- drive 0, s/n VNC402A4D0TLHA, rev VA4OA52A, SMART Status: Healthy
ST51080A [Hard drive] (1.08 GB) -- drive 1 1536 Megabytes Installed Memory

Slot '0' has 512 MB
Slot '1' has 512 MB
Slot '2' has 512 MB
Local Drive Volumes

c: (NTFS on drive 0) 82.34 GB 31.85 GB free
e: (FAT32 on drive 1) 1.08 GB 642 MB free
Graphics- NVIDIA RIVA TNT2 model 64 pro
Direct x 9.0c

  wotbus@ 10:11 10 May 2008

The system specs are good relatively speaking, so I would have no hesitation in buying/fitting the new card. If and when you buy a new PC it can be transferred. I have the card you have chosen driving Creative 7.1 and the result is very good.
Age doesn't really condemn a PC until to start thinking about upgrading, then it's always a compatibility issue. Don't get caught up in the "numbers game" as most of it is advertising hype. If your PC does the job for which it is intended just carry on saving ;-)
The big problem is when you want to run some new and more resource hungry software you find you are less pleased with results - then of course limited specs become an issue.
Happy listening...

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