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HCPC Build Specification Advice

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by joust, Apr 1, 2003.

  1. joust

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    Hi All,

    I have the following specification PC which I am about to upgrade to HCPC specification:

    Athlon thunderbird 1.4Ghz
    Chaintech 7KJD motherboard
    512MB PC2100 ram
    liteon 16x DVD
    IBM 75GXP 15gb HDD
    generic midi tower with 300w PSU
    17" dell monitor


    I have decided that I will add a memorex RF keyboard and mouse combo, and a Sapphire radeon 9000 64mb gfx card. However, I'm confused at to what to do with the sound card front!!!!

    I have been looking at sound cards all day, and am now completely confused. I want both DD and DTS (in all formats i.e. ex/es), which will be fed via optical or coaxial SPDIF to my marantz sr5200. Can anybody recommend me a sensible card for less than £50 that will do the job (what about the philips sonic edge 5.1)? Or would I be better on spending the money on a motherboard upgrade that has SPDIF output (do these do both DD and DTS in 6.1 format?)?

    Your help on this would be greatly appreciated!!!!!

    Joust
     
  2. zAndy1

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    If you can stretch the budget a bit I think the M-Audio 7.1 revolution takes some beating at the price. Or the Audigy 2 can be had for about £80 and that does DVD-Audio (as will the M-Audio when software comes along for it). I think they're both worth paying the extra £20 or £30 or so to be honest...

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    If you want a cheap card with digital output, I've had the Creative SBLive! 5.1 recommended to me - which is ~£25 inc VAT from overclockers.co.uk for the OEM. They also have the SB 4.1 Digital, which has a digital output, for ~£12 inc VAT - though I don't know what it's like for compatibility. Regarding S/PDIF output on the motherboard, I'm having some issues with the output on my Asus A7V8X - not getting passthrough but getting it to work properly - but I've heard that several people, including TheaterTek themselves, have got the A7N8X working just fine.

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