Lifter: you are saying NOT to use soundblaster?. If memory serves my right, creative lab started these sound stuff for computer. I seriously doubt that yamaha you are using is even close to the same level with all creative lab sound cards.
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If space is an issue than you're pretty much stuck with some kind of onboard audio, which is usually either yamaha or SB. Not sure which is better, but I'm looking for a mobo with onboard audio and knowing the difference would sure help me out.
If you need to buy a new card, goto www.cponly.com and click on "Sound Card"
There you'll find the best soundcards for cheep. But DON'T call the company, or they'll jack up the price at least $10! I have both the SB: Live! (Platnum) and the Dimond MX300, they are both REALY good cards, so eather should do you fine, but to be honest you could get away with a cheep card, so long as it didn't give off noise, cus all your realy doing is playing a wav. file.
Thanks for the replies everyone. I borrowed a new sound card from a neighbor and the difference was tremendous. I think I'll see if I can find one of those SB Lives for $35. I saw one at a computer store yesterday for $115 - ouch!!
The card I borrowed from my friend was a SoundBlaster PCI Ensoniq. It sounds great. I went to the site mentioned in the earlier post and found the card for $23.99. Was just about to pull the trigger when I saw they wanted $10.50 for shipping. Ouch! I think I'll see if I can find it locally.