Several Soundcard related issues

  Aldred_85 20:47 18 Mar 2003

Right ive got a built in Realtek AC97 codec ATM, im experiencing choppy, and in some places altogether missing sounds while playing games.
Would getting 'proper' soundcard help at all?

While playing the game Mafia theres the option to turn off sound altogether and i get an FPS boost of around 10 using FRAPS. Again, would a 'proper' soundcard help to regain some of this lost FPS through sound processing?

Finally, lol, what cards would you recomend? I'm not after 4.1, 5.1, etc...just 2 speakers and maybe a sub. Also I want a a better gaming experience, thus higher FPS. I was thinking of either the Hercules Gamesurround Muse LT or the Soundblaster 4.1, but ive heard bad stories of the SB and IRQs.
Any other cards that would forfill my requirements?

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