I'm going to be getting some money soon, which in turn lets me spend a little without too much guilt.
I've heard that dedicated audio cards are vastly different from onboard sound. I'm no audiophile by any means, but I'm curious just how much better my sound would be with one.
Current sound system is onboard sound with an MSI Z77A-G41 using a Realtek ALC887. This paired with cheapie Logitech Z110. Get your laughs out now.
My headset for gaming and late night sound is a Koss SB-45
I'm currently happy with my sound setup, and have no need to upgrade really. I'd get a bigger/better sound system, however my girlfriend already has a 2.1 system and we've gotten a couple noise complaints from the neighbors. Thin walls, I guess? Then again, she needs to stop watching Glee at 2am. srsly. stop.
That all said, I've heard good things about Xonar cards for the 'lower end' but the 'lower end' from what I've seen usually starts around $100 and the mid range is about $300. I really have no intention of spending more than $50 on a sound card that may not even sound different to me (This is the same guy who can't tell between TN and IPS panels).
Any thoughts on the Xonar DG? Or is it the DX that is the only low end worth getting?
I'd honestly rather spend less, and if it takes more than $50 to get something good, I'd really rather not get anything at all.