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Zuck Gou :)

Jun 23, 2001
On my second computer I'm using onboard AC'97 sound and the quality is good enough for me (using headphones).

Now I read that it drops 10 FPS off games.

Do you think if I went and bought a cheap soundcard those FPS wouldnt drop?

Sound cards are one thing Im not an expert on with computers :)
I have heard that

and have felt it in teamfortressclassic

sound lags and if you have a slow cpu it will decrease your whole computers performance
Well yea, I know it makes a difference. I've done the benchmarking. And I lose around 10FPS like i said.

Im wondering if a PCI card will have the same effect.

I have a SB LIVE! and that doesnt do it, but for the 2nd comp im not willing to buy another SB Live, so im wondering if you guys experience it with a cheaper sound card?

I, personally, was wondering how the Turtle Beach Santa Cruz was. I have heard it will really stand up to the SBLive at half the cost. Anyone using on now?
get a card with some sort of sound processing unit. An SB Live! Value would be great, but at the very least a soundcard such as the Montego from Turtle Beach or any card using the original Aureal Vortex chipset should do nicely.