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    Hi all....

    I'm planning to get a sound card. I'm not a pro in choosing soundcard..
    Choosing between 3.

    1) Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio

    2) Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Gamer

    3) Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium

    I've been comparing this 3.. But still not sure which is more worth it.
    Budget wise, something around this 3...
    Hope to hear your opinions and advises.

    Thanks so much!!!
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    what do you want to hear?

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    Actually I bought a Creative Inspire T6200 5.1 Speaker.

    I was trying to connect the speakers to my "On board" sound card(MSI Mainboard, which shows on the box that it support 5.1/6.1ch speakers).

    There are only 3 holes,
    "left-Pink(Not sure what logo is that".
    "Centre-Lime Green(with wording "LS".
    "Right-Blue(with wording "L")".
    On the front of my CPU, there are another 2 holes.
    "Left Hole-Pink(With a "MIC" logo)".
    Right Hole-Lime Green(with a "Headphone" Logo.)"

    What comes with the speakers are 4 pins.
    Lime Green, Black, Orange and Pink(Connected to remote control).

    So I think I need to get a new soundcard? I'm not too sure also..
    Newbie in soundcard.. 1st time getting 5.1 speakers. Usually only normal 2ch speaker. hehe

    I'm still wondering if there's a need as it's stated on the mainboard that it support and also comes with software, "Realtek AC97" which allows me to test 5 speakers and subwoofer individually...
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    Default Re: Sound Card Advise

    You just need an optical cable if your motherboard and speaker support 1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Kahuna View Post
    You just need an optical cable if your motherboard and speaker support 1
    Ohoh.... 1 more question mark... HAHA!!!
    what's that? sorry...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paranoia08 View Post

    "Centre-Lime Green(with wording "LS".
    "Right-Blue(with wording "L")".

    What comes with the speakers are 4 pins.
    Lime Green, Black, Orange and Pink(Connected to remote control).
    Your onboard soundcard got Black or not? Usually it's Green, Black & Orange being connected. Pink is for ladies only.

    Optical cable?
    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...able+soundcard

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    Quote Originally Posted by pegasus1010 View Post
    Your onboard soundcard got Black or not? Usually it's Green, Black & Orange being connected. Pink is for ladies only.

    Optical cable?
    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...able+soundcard
    No, don't have black.
    Don't have to use pink?
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    Colours may be different, but the 3 holes should be 1 for left/right speakers, left/right surround speakers and center/subwoofer. It correspond with the number of wires your Creative speakers have. Use the software to test your speakers to verify.
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    This should helps

    http://www.creative.com/products/spe...c=2&sc=2&ssc=3

    Here is the extract from MSI user manual(assuming you use a P35 Neo)
    http://global.msi.com.tw/index.php?f...0&prod_no=1216

    Audio Ports
    These audio connectors are used for audio devices. You can differentiate the color
    of the audio jacks for different audio sound effects.
    Line-In (Blue) - Line In, is used for external CD player, tapeplayer or other
    audio devices.
    Line-Out (Green) - Line Out, is a connector for speakers or headphones.
    Mic (Pink) - Mic, is a connector for microphones.
    RS-Out (Black) - Rear-Surround Out in 4/ 5.1/ 7.1 channel mode.
    CS-Out (Orange) - Center/ Subwoofer Out in 5.1/ 7.1 channel mode.
    SS-Out (Gray) - Side-Surround Out 7.1 channel mode.


    So what you need is one Green, black and Orange.....the color code are there for a reason...it's a standard that all manufacturer should follow......so don't anyhow plug....if not....nothing will happen
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    Quote Originally Posted by kelccm View Post
    Colours may be different, but the 3 holes should be 1 for left/right speakers, left/right surround speakers and center/subwoofer. It correspond with the number of wires your Creative speakers have. Use the software to test your speakers to verify.
    The problem is I don't know which should go into which holes. hehe..

    This is the back of my cpu as describe in post #3.


    Front of my cpu
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paranoia08 View Post
    Ohoh.... 1 more question mark... HAHA!!!
    what's that? sorry...
    For some model...like below...there is one optical port (SPDIF)...using a fiber optic cable...you can easily connect to a receiver to decode the multi-channel signal

    http://global.msi.com.tw/index.php?f...0&prod_no=1250

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paranoia08 View Post
    The problem is I don't know which should go into which holes. hehe..

    This is the back of my cpu as describe in post #3.


    Front of my cpu
    It seems like your mobo only support 2.1....no 5.1

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    WAH!!! MSI bluff me ah!!!
    the box still put so big support 5.1/6.1ch..
    =(

    Does that means I need to get a new sound card?
    Or is there any better alternative?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paranoia08 View Post
    WAH!!! MSI bluff me ah!!!
    the box still put so big support 5.1/6.1ch..
    =(

    Does that means I need to get a new sound card?
    Or is there any better alternative?
    If you look at your backplane...the 2 holes to the right of blue and green are still sealed...unless the goondoo who setup your PC forgot to remove it...chances are...yours are only 2.1.

    Out of curiosity...maybe you can tell us what model is your motherboard? The 5.1 or 6.1 probably require an external decoder as I notice there is a RCA SPIF out....so still cannot go direct to your Creative speaker

    Yes, you need a new soundcard.....alternative is to change your motherboard
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    If u luv music then get #2

    1) Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio
    Repacked Audigy, not X-fi


    2) Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Gamer
    Few bucks more, great sounding X-fi

    3) Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium
    Too expensive

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Kahuna View Post
    If you look at your backplane...the 2 holes to the right of blue and green are still sealed...unless the goondoo who setup your PC forgot to remove it...chances are...yours are only 2.1.

    Out of curiosity...maybe you can tell us what model is your motherboard? The 5.1 or 6.1 probably require an external decoder as I notice there is a RCA SPIF out....so still cannot go direct to your Creative speaker

    Yes, you need a new soundcard.....alternative is to change your motherboard
    For the model, I need to go back home to look at the box.
    I think if it's really necessary, I rather get a sound card, coz I'm planning to change a new desktop late next year. After Diablo III launch.. HAHA!!!

    Btw, u mean the S/P Out?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dennisc View Post
    If u luv music then get #2

    1) Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio
    Repacked Audigy, not X-fi


    2) Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Gamer
    Few bucks more, great sounding X-fi

    3) Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium
    Too expensive
    I want it for Movies, music and game.. hehe..
    A good 1 within these budget eh..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Kahuna View Post
    If you look at your backplane...the 2 holes to the right of blue and green are still sealed...unless the goondoo who setup your PC forgot to remove it...chances are...yours are only 2.1.

    Out of curiosity...maybe you can tell us what model is your motherboard? The 5.1 or 6.1 probably require an external decoder as I notice there is a RCA SPIF out....so still cannot go direct to your Creative speaker

    Yes, you need a new soundcard.....alternative is to change your motherboard
    Btw, mine is categorised under "archives>Socket 478 (Intel P4)>"8** series with "neo" word".
    I've checked those with neo word, they're all stated support 5.1 or above..
    weird
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Kahuna View Post
    If you look at your backplane...the 2 holes to the right of blue and green are still sealed...unless the goondoo who setup your PC forgot to remove it...chances are...yours are only 2.1.

    Out of curiosity...maybe you can tell us what model is your motherboard? The 5.1 or 6.1 probably require an external decoder as I notice there is a RCA SPIF out....so still cannot go direct to your Creative speaker

    Yes, you need a new soundcard.....alternative is to change your motherboard
    Bro... This is my model. MSI 865PE Neo2-V

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    Page 21 of the user manual.....your mobo only support 2.1

    http://asia.msi.com.tw/index.php?fun...30&type=manual

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