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    USB sound card.

    I'm looking for a good USB sound card with 5.1 out. Something like the Creative AUDIGY and has compariable sound quality of my Turtle Beach Santa Cruz (24 bit). The reason I don't want the AUDIGY is because I've heard it eats up resources. How bad is it? I have a PII 600, 192MB that runs extremely smooth. Runs MediaCar with MP3 + GPS + Netstumbler without any hiccups. How hard of a preformace hit will I get?

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    BUMP...How taxing is the SB AUDIGY on the CPU?

    *EDIT* Nevermind all this. I'm going to hold off on a new SC untill I upgrade my CPU.

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    I'm sorry, and you are....? frodobaggins's Avatar
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    Say it with me. AUDIGY.
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    Quote Originally Posted by frodobaggins
    Say it with me. AUDIGY.

    LOL, yeah I figured it out after I started checking prices again. I'm just going to continue using my Santa Cruz untill I upgrade my PC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ppgt94
    LOL, yeah I figured it out after I started checking prices again. I'm just going to continue using my Santa Cruz untill I upgrade my PC.
    Sorry, it was just bothering me
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    Quote Originally Posted by frodobaggins
    Sorry, it was just bothering me
    'sall good. Misspellings bug me too.

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    I read one review that said it was taking up something like 15% of the cpu on a p4 3GHz machine.

    I ended up getting the aurillium, even though it was rated lower in just about all the tests (except cpu usage) but it is bus powered, and I didn't want to bother with wumming more power lines. I am having a problem with hard drive noise. It is a lot better than the onboard sound, but it is still noticeabel when noting is playing, and it is kinda annoying. I would like to try out the audigy to see if I have the same problem some day (or maybe I'll just see if I can find a headunit that has a digital input)

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    I have Audigy NX with P4 3Ghz@2,56... When playing MP3s PCU usage is like 4% but with DVDs is 28-32% (without audigy was 20%)... So it eats up resources when playing DVDs (24bit/96khz)

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