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Old 12th September 2016, 4:14 PM   #1
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Default System upgrade - hold onto Xfi Extreme Music?

Hey everyone,

I'm faced with a bit of a dilemna right now - I'm currently running a Core 2 Duo E8500 system with a Gtx 770, but have finally run into a game which this system can't handle - Star Citizen (bloody 4gb of DDR2! Plus 4.3 ghz is no longer stable). Long story short, I'm going to finally pull the trigger on a 6600K skylake upgrade (overclocked to 4.5+, naturally!).

Problem is - I'm running a PCI X-fi Extreme Music internal soundcard for sound, and I'd like to have high quality sound (run Senn HD590 headphones, plus 2 x external hi-fi stereo amps and 2 x 3 pass and 2 x 2 pass speakers).

Does anyone know how the extreme music compares to modern onboard, whether it's worth it trying to get a Z170 board with legacy PCI slot and what other options I might have if onboard is shit and PCI is tough to get?

Thanks!
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There's a few Z170 boards around with PCI slots I believe, depends if you're after those crazy high end boards (they rarely have pci) or otherwise there's a few mid range boards with standard PCI.

https://forums.anandtech.com/threads...y-pci.2448655/

If you're running good sounding hardware (as it seems you are) I'm still under the impression stand alone cards are better than onboard. I've seen a couple of reviews with manufacturers touting their ultra amazing onboard audio, but they're still not isolated well and have all kinds of issues with signal interference among other things.

I use a pos set of headphones and crappy source audio so it would make zero difference to me
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As above I'd be tending to stick with your third party add-on card. You can always try both and see which you like better in terms of quality, settings etc. XtremeMusic is also a few generations old so now so you might want to consider an upgrade of your card sometime as well.
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I still have the card you have OP, still happy with it

mine's in something older though a 3770K system.
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I still have the card you have OP, still happy with it
It's a competent card, I used to have one, cards should progress in quality over time though.
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