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    Vinny1001 PC Specs
    MotherboardAsus Maximus VIII Hero Alpha
    ProcessorIntel Skylake 6700k 4.0GHz
    Memory (part number)G.Skill 2x 8GB DDR4
    Graphics Card #1Asus STRIX 1080 Ti
    MonitorBenQ XL2411
    Storage #1Samsung 850 Pro, 840 Pro, M.2 840 Evo
    Storage #22x 1TB WD Black
    CPU CoolerCorsair H60
    CaseCorsair Carbide 300R
    Power SupplyEVGA 850 Modular
    Mouse Swiftpoint The Z
    Headset Logitech G240
    Mouse Pad Swiftpoint The Z Mouse Pad
    Headset/Speakers 5.1 Logitech Surround Z506
    OS Windows 10 Pro, version 1703
    Network RouterAsus RT N66U

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    Nov 2015

    Hero Alpha + Sound card + software suggestions/question

    So I'm a noob when it comes to sound cards, what's the best, and what software to use.

    I have my Hero Alpha, and it supposedly has great audio on the mobo. I use Sonic Studio II and it seems to work great, sounds great, etc (for what I know). I only use headphones when gaming, then my 5.1 Logitech speakers for everything else.

    Well, what outperforms the SupremeFX/Sonic Studio II motherboard audio/software? Willing to spend around $100.

    I'm looking for a sound card that will just.. be better. I understand I need good headphones to actually benefit from the sound card.

    If I get a certain sound card, am I forced to use their audio software, or can i stick with Sonic Studio II or software of my choice? I know I'd need the drivers. But for full benefit, is it suggested to use their software?

    I'd need 3.5mm headphones, and NOT usb, 'cause I want to go through the sound card, correct?

    Basically, what are the do's and don'ts?

    Anyone know a good sound card/software/headphone combo?

    I see the $100 Creative Sound Blaster Z SBX - I'd need to use their software? Or no?
    Then I'm looking at the Asus Xonars, many different kinds. Which software works with this?

    Last edited by Vinny1001; 08-29-2017 at 05:27 PM.

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