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hurtstotalktoyou

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When you say you want a TV tuner, I hope you understand that you will not be able to capture video to your hard disk--not on that budget, anyway. All TV tuner cards technically have the ability to record, too, but the low-end (under $100) models usually have such horrible skipping problems that it's impractical to consider them for video capture purposes. You might possibly be able to get a decent capture card for $80, but that's a big "if." And it would leave no room in your budget for a sound card.

With the sound card, you have a similar conundrum. You can't get a decent audio devide for much less than $80, either. Sure, $30-$50 cards work great, but, in most cases, the performance is barely any better than onboard sound. And it's over $200 for something really nice.
 
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Originally posted by: hurtstotalktoyou
When you say you want a TV tuner, I hope you understand that you will not be able to capture video to your hard disk--not on that budget, anyway. All TV tuner cards technically have the ability to record, too, but the low-end (under $100) models usually have such horrible skipping problems that it's impractical to consider them for video capture purposes. You might possibly be able to get a decent capture card for $80, but that's a big "if." And it would leave no room in your budget for a sound card.

With the sound card, you have a similar conundrum. You can't get a decent audio devide for much less than $80, either. Sure, $30-$50 cards work great, but, in most cases, the performance is barely any better than onboard sound. And it's over $200 for something really nice.



can anybody second this...
 

Oyeve

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Originally posted by: Inspector Jihad
Originally posted by: hurtstotalktoyou
When you say you want a TV tuner, I hope you understand that you will not be able to capture video to your hard disk--not on that budget, anyway. All TV tuner cards technically have the ability to record, too, but the low-end (under $100) models usually have such horrible skipping problems that it's impractical to consider them for video capture purposes. You might possibly be able to get a decent capture card for $80, but that's a big "if." And it would leave no room in your budget for a sound card.

With the sound card, you have a similar conundrum. You can't get a decent audio devide for much less than $80, either. Sure, $30-$50 cards work great, but, in most cases, the performance is barely any better than onboard sound. And it's over $200 for something really nice.



can anybody second this...

Nope, cant second this. Over 200 dollars for something nice? Are you kidding? You can get great sound cards for WAY under 200 bucks.
 

hurtstotalktoyou

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Originally posted by: Oyeve
Nope, cant second this. Over 200 dollars for something nice? Are you kidding? You can get great sound cards for WAY under 200 bucks.

That depends on what you define as "great." But, my point was that the stuff he's looking at, in the $20-$40 range, won't be much different in quality than integrated sound. To get something that's noticeably better, he'll have to spend nearly his whole budget.
 
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so what do you think i should do, cause maybe i can spend the enitre 80 bucks on just a sound card and get a tv card later on.
 

hurtstotalktoyou

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Originally posted by: Inspector Jihad
so what do you think i should do, cause maybe i can spend the enitre 80 bucks on just a sound card and get a tv card later on.

Could you give some additional info? For example, do you already have a sound card (or integrated sound)? If so, why did you want a new one? Do you need surround sound? 5.1? 7.1? What are your plans for the TV tuner? Do you want something that's good quality, or just something that works smoothly?
 
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i have onboard sound. i want a new one so i can get better quality out of my movies, music and games. no surround sound and i'll be using 2.1. tv tuner for just recording tv and such
 

Oyeve

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Originally posted by: Inspector Jihad
i have onboard sound. i want a new one so i can get better quality out of my movies, music and games. no surround sound and i'll be using 2.1. tv tuner for just recording tv and such

If you dont need surround sound then stick with the onboard and put the $ towards a better TV Tuner card or a good 2.1 speaker system.
 

pelikan

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The chaintech and audigy value both have great sound that is miles ahead of onboard sound. I don't know what hurtstotalktoyou is talking about. He is the only one of over 50,000 members here who would say what he said.
 

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Originally posted by: Inspector Jihad
i have onboard sound. i want a new one so i can get better quality out of my movies, music and games. no surround sound and i'll be using 2.1. tv tuner for just recording tv and such

could you try different drivers for your on board sound, maybe twealing it abit to see if you can get better sound ?

I don't know I use On board but I don't waych Movies only to play games and both my computers sound great in games, maybe you could just tweak it or something for movies and save you some money.
 
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ok, new question...how good is that chaintech card? is there an good bit of difference between that card and the onboard sound on an asus a8v deluxe?