Description

This is not a new build... I did the last motherboard/CPU upgrade in early 2014 (previous CPU: i5-2310) and the build as a whole will change as I continue to gradually update/upgrade parts. I use it primarily as a PlayOn server, web browsing, photo management and gaming (DOTA 2 lately). It will never be the latest/greatest, but I'm proud of it... not so much because it's my ideal build (far from it!) but because I've been able to do it on the cheap. I'm on a tight budget so I make a point to only buy at rock-bottom prices and generally stick to one-generation old components and only upgrade when necessary. I'm always trying to shoot for maximum price/performance.

Note: Pictures are out-of-date.

Comments

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you like the logitech speaker set up using with the Asus Xonar DX soundcard? I'm thinking about getting the same card and wondering if my Logitech Z313s will be good enough to notice a difference between the soundcard and my onboard audio.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I've had these speakers for almost 15 years and they're still impressive. I don't push them hard, but that's still a good run.

As for the sound card, I need to update my build because I haven't been using it lately. I did a pretty big rebuild (motherboard replace) and didn't put it in at first... and haven't been back in a few months to put the Xonar back in. To be honest, I haven't missed it or noticed a difference. Modern motherboards don't have the problems that old ones did; the CPU-based audio processing used to overflow noise into the audio stream without dedicated audio co-processing.

So... it's not that I don't like the Xonar... it's fantastic. It's just that motherboard tech has sufficiently caught up to dedicated cards that it's no longer a significant improvement. My advice is to save your money. If you must spend it, put it into better speakers.

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