I know a lot about hardware, but I don't know jack about sound cards. I just bought some nice headphones, and I can't get them to sound how I want with the Realtek equalizer. I have Realtek HD Audio. I know this sound card is limited to begin with, so I think it's time to get something else.
$50 is on the high end of what I can spend, so less would be nice.
It has to be PCI-Express.
I don't know if this capability exists on PC, but I would love if my headphone jack could work with a mic and audio in one port without a 3.5mm splitter. My headphones have an in-line mic and it all runs through a single 3.5mm cord.
Secondary question: Speaking of... Would it be possible to wire my front panel where both mic and audio went to a single port, bypassing a splitter? --- PC: Core i7 920 || 6GB DDR3 || GTX 660 Ti || HP w2408h
Looks like I'd have to get the DGX to have PCI-Express.
I have one PCI slot on my PC, apparently. I didn't think I had one. The PCI-Express cards appear to be about $10 more, but I don't know that I can justify getting a PCI card to save ten bucks. I'll likely be replacing this computer in a year or so, and I wouldn't be surprised if a new motherboard had more Realtek audio and no PCI slots.
Seeing as how the DGX has a headphone amplifier and the DSX doesn't, I think the DGX is a better buy for me, even though it doesn't have as many features (That I won't use). Considering I won't be buying an awesome 5.1/7.1 speaker system anytime soon, I don't think the DSX is a smart buy.
Thanks Dark. --- PC: Core i7 920 || 6GB DDR3 || GTX 660 Ti || HP w2408h
I have an external sound card that uses either a USB port, or just the 3.5mm audio. It also has a mic-in plug so if i used a 3.5mm mic i could plug it in there. i think it was about $60-$70 but there's probably ones like it for cheaper.