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    Soundcard Questions

    I've been using onboard sound for a year and it sucks the big one. I'm looking at getting a right angle PCI adapter and using it to get a PCI sound card into my Ampie case. I've heard that the sound is better from an external USB sound card since it's away from the hard drive and fan and stuff but is it really noticeable? Am I not really taking a step forward in sound quality with a PCI card? I was told I should pick up an Audigy2 card so I might look into that, just wondering what your thoughts were.
    Or would I be better off just pre amping the signal to increase quality?
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    I wouldn't think it would make that much of a difference. I am using a external USB soundcard, but that is just because I used to run a laptop based setup (talk about crappy onboard audio). If your mobo has a pcmcia slot that you arent using, you might look at the pcmcia based audigy. I dont know too much about em, but it might be an option to get something that fits in your case.

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    Isn't it only laptops that have PCMCIA? Do you mean PCI?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maheriano View Post
    Isn't it only laptops that have PCMCIA? Do you mean PCI?
    some minit-ITX boards also have a pcmcia, I don't know about mATX, but I would thonk there would be some boards that have them.
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    MII series has a PCMCIA slot...if you go that route, use the Audigy 2 ZS, it's a really good card and has optical out if needed.
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    So I found someone selling an Audigy 2 PCI card for $25 and I'm going to pick it up tonight. Should this suffice? Will the M1-ATX be able to power this, a PS2 keyboard, a GPS receiver, the touchscreen and the wireless network adapter? Is there such a thing as a right angle PCI adapter so it'll fit inside my Ampie case?
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    yes.. i have an audigy but i think im going to look for something with a little higher voltage.

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