* Mail-In Rebates:
Newest Build. 90% Gaming 10% Music. (Metal).
Bigger SDD for game storage
Creative Sound Blaster Z. (Currently have the X-Fi Titanium)
Killer 2100 "Gaming" Network NIC
Nice build. However, I personally would have gotten a smaller case, so you could save money and put it to a 3570k.
I already had the 2500k. I just changed motherboards.
$200 mobo with a $100 soundcard. Soundcard could be eliminated completely. In most cases (I haven't check the specs on that card or board so this is assumptions) people tend to by cheap (100>) soundcards and their onboard mobo sound is just as good already.
So a couple cost cuts there, you could have a 3570k and a bunch leftover.
Well it is a creative sound card so for proper audio positioning in games it will kill the motherboard audio.
It has onboard audio but it isn't good audio. He probably got it for sound positioning and hearing footsteps in games better.
Motherboard audio has come a LONG way. Unless OP has ath m50s or something he will barely be able to see the difference.
I own the motherboard and the sound isn't good at all. A xonar DGX sounds 10x better even on a Steelseries Siberia Neckband headset. Not to mention for FPS gaming a creative soundcard will make a massive difference in hearing footsteps.
That is completely dependent on the person and that person's headphones. I completely agree with you, but you can't just assume everyone is an audiophile with a need for 7.1 surround so they can be CS:S pros.
Yeah but the fact that he is using a 120hz monitor makes me think he is probably a twitch FPS gamer so he probably does need the soundcard.
It's a $200 mobo... it has 6 optical jacks with 7.1, 5.1, so on. It has Realtek ALC898 which is a pretty good codec, there would be a minuscule difference, but not worth $100 :P
Do you own this motherboard? I have this board and the onboard is as bad as any other motherboard. From someone who wants every advantage possible in games like this guy obviously does judging by him choosing to buy a 120hz monitor the $100 is worth the advantage.
No I do not. Now, I am not by any stretch saying that the onboard audio will be better or the same as the card, but I am saying that it is not worth the $100. I'm making that clear. Now that being said, ALC898 is the best integrated Realtek audio, and that there is no way that you can claim that the audio is 'as bad as any other motherboard". It just isn't possible for their to be no increase in performance-a point that you could use for your argument, and I agree. But the simple fact is that the audio codec in the Creative Labs Z card is definitely better, just not to the point that you could notice unless you were using extremely HQ headphones, which becomes very pricey. The biggest point though, is that the OP doesn't even have the card installed.
You can see it installed in the last picture. It is in the slot right above the GPU.