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  1. God Of Gaming

    A great audio setup for PC?

    *Update* What a bummer, the aperion audio speakers are only sold inside USA, they don't ship them outside. I checked out the stores around here and took a liking to Yamaha NS-777 3-way towers. They are way cheap, with under 200 euro per piece, and look sturdy. I'm thinking of getting 4 of these and maybe matching them to their center channel model NS-C444, I think this will sound killer and is still about 900 euro total. I need to look around for a 10-inch or 12-inch subwoofer. The multichannel amplifiers around here are not very powerful and are quite expensive, so I asked Emotiva how much would it cost to ship their XPA-5 over here, waiting for an answer now. On the PC end, I decided finally on Auzentech X-Fi HomeTheater HD, which I'm gonna connect with analog cables, though I might try out the HDMI connection as well. I'm not sure whether I'd need a preamp or a receiver, I think the sound card itself might be able to act as a preamp. *another update* The subwoofer might be Velodyne CHT 12Q, though I'll look at some more choices. Still waiting for an answer from Emotiva, but if the shipping is too expensive, I might have to settle with some receiver instead. I found out the four NS-777s and the NS-C444 will actually cost me only 800 euro with delivery included if I order them online, that would be an amazing deal I believe. But their quantities are limited, so I'm afraid they might get sold out before I save enough money. *yet another update* Emotiva answered, seems like purchase + shipping of UMC-1 + UPA-500 (which should be powerfull enough, the yammies take up to 250W at 6ohm, with 100W nominal, and the UPA-500 would do 100W per channel at 6ohm I think) would cost 1250 $, quite expensive I guess, but the quality should be far better than a receiver at this price, so I'll be saving cash now
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    A great audio setup for PC?

    So, I'm dualbooting WinXP x86 and Win7 x64, installing games older than 2005 on XP and newer on 7, and since I love old games I stay in XP most of the time and only switch to 7 on a whim when I feel like playing a newer game. I also watch ripped blu-ray movies as well as listen to lossless music. So far I'm using onboard audio and cheap stereo speakers with 30W subwoofer. I want to upgrade to something way more serious now. I want to put a dedicated sound card with good APIs, from which I'd love to have hardware accelerated EAX 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and maybe OpenAL. On a secondary note I'd prefer as good a sound quality as possible. And I want to connect it to a 5.1 system, that will cover the whole room not just around my seat. I researched quite a bit of sound cards, and Creative X-Fi Titanium HD has the closest specs to what I need, but since It doesn't have enough analog connections for 5.1 I guess I'll go with Creative X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional. The AuzenTech X-Fi HomeTheater HD is also an option, but I read somewhere that it has a less than desirable frequency range of 40 Hz to 15 kHz. As for the speakers, I'm thinking of something like this: 4 of these for the corners of the room: http://www.aperionaudio.com/product/Intimus-5B-Bookshelf-Speaker,108,90,249.aspx this center channel speaker: http://www.aperionaudio.com/product/Intimus-5C-Center-Channel-Speaker,109,90,251.aspx this subwoofer: http://www.aperionaudio.com/product/NEW-Bravus-IIa-8D-Powered-Subwoofer,305,66,858.aspx and this amplifier for the speakers: http://shop.emotiva.com/collections/amplifiers/products/xpa5 From what I hear, I might also need a preamp between the sound card and the amplifier / subwoofer. Well, since I don't really understand that much, I'm asking here for advice and recommendations
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    A great audio setup for PC?

    BTW, the DAC in the UMC-1, is it better or worse than the DAC in the X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro? I'm asking since I'm wondering whether it would be better to get the Fatal1ty Pro and use analog connections to the UMC-1, in which it would probably only work as a preamplifier, or get the X-Fi Titanium HD, which btw is supposed to be a much better card, and use optical s/pdif connection with DDL/DTS-C. I found out that DTS Connect has quite a bit of delay so it only works well for music, and Dolby Digital Live works almost fine for movies and games, but both are lossy and at 48 KHz, which makes me doubt which of the above would be the better solution. Also, I'm wondering if I go with Auzentech X-Fi HomeTheater HD and connect it with HDMI cable to the UMC-1, would it matter that the HomeTheater HD outputs a rather narrow range of 40 Hz - 15 kHz, or is this only for the analog connections?
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    A great audio setup for PC?

    I've almost graduated from university and will be looking for my own apartment after that. I will probably be a tenant for a while before that. So I don't know what kind of floor would I have yet But for the sake of acoustics, I'm not likely gonna use a carpet. Back at home there's parquet on the floor and even my cheap 30W subwoofer makes all the furniture and the windows shake and gets neighbours from 4 floors below come to complain , so I can't even imagine what a 500W sub could do, then again I will probably never get to try the new system over there...
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    A great audio setup for PC?

    Great, then I'll probably go with that setup, as long as I find where to buy it from (shipping it from USA could be way too pricey). But first I need to upgrade my PC since it is becoming kind of outdated. BTW, this subwoofer has 500W of power, how far away should I place it from the PC in order to keep the hard disk drives safe from the vibrations? Would it be far enough if I put the PC on the left of the desk, and the subwoofer - on the right?
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    A great audio setup for PC?

    So, let me try to conclude what I learned - what can I expect if I get, let's say, Creative X-Fi Titanium HD sound card and use Dolby Digital Live or DTS Connect to output 5.1 channel audio from games, movies and music via the optical out to Emotiva UMC-1 decoder, and connect that to an Aperion Bravus IIa 10D powered subwoofer and Emotiva XPA-5 powered amplifier with 4 bookshelf speakers (Aperion Intimus 5B) and one center channel speaker (Aperion Intimus 5C). Any problems with this setup?
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    A great audio setup for PC?

    I'd say I could pay $2500 +/- for the sound system and a sound card with nice APIs including eax, ds3d and openal
  8. God Of Gaming

    A great audio setup for PC?

    I dont have consoles and I don't watch TV, so I'm only gonna plug in my PC and nothing else. So although that umc-1 looks nice, it has a lot of features that I'm not gonna use and I feel like I'm paying extra. Why won't simple potentiometers do the job just as well? Besides, is it really that bad to control the gain digitally from the PC? I think it uses dithering on it?
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    A great audio setup for PC?

    hey guys, I was wandering, instead of buying an expensive preamp to control the gain, can't I just buy 6 cheap pots (one for each channel), put knobs on them, mount them in a box and connect them between the amplifier/subwoofer and the sound card?
  10. God Of Gaming

    New high-end rig build

    Actually I think the problem is in the smaller core size or the new transistors, one guy removed the cap and attached a d14 directly onto the chip, and if anything he even got worse temps this way... I'm still getting 3770K for the pci-e 3.0 and hd4000, and probably oc-ing it to 4.4-4.5, surely will be slower than 2600K at 4.8-5.0, but I think it would be fast enough for my needs.
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    New high-end rig build

    Hello. I'm a new member here, and I want to seek some advice about a new system that I'll be building later this year. The budget can be considered unlimited, since I'll be saving as much as it's needed for it, and getting the less important parts one by one. After a lot of researching I decided on components that I like, and I asked on other places and got the green light for it, but I wanna ask here too, to get more opinions. I'm a hardcore gamer, so you can consider it a gaming rig, but I also do some video and image editing and music production (not professionally, just as a hobby), so I'm looking for something a little bit more powerful than what's needed just for gaming. I also intend to get a stable 24/7 overclock. Here is what I have decided on so far: case: Cooler Master HAF 922 Black (already bought it) mobo: ASUS Sabretooth Z77 (I hope it's released soon, details for it on the asus page) CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K CPU cooler: Thermalright Silver Arrow RAM: G.Skill Ares 2x8GB DDR3 1600MHz C10Q (we'll share a 4x8GB kit with a friend) PSU: Seasonic X-660 video card: Asus DirectCUII Top HD7970 3GB (or a HD8000 card if they're out when I start buying, but I doubt that) audio card: Creative SB Recon3D Fatal1ty Champion network card: BigFoot Killer 2100 HDDs: I'll use two that I have right now - a Samsung Spinpoint F1 750GB and Seagate 7200.12 1TB , and might consider getting a OCZ Synapse 128GB for caching, Also a few external HDDs for backups. Optical: LG BH10LS38 Blu-Ray RW add to these red-lighted fans and cold-cathode lights and stuff everywhere inside the case As for the stuff outside the case, I have a 32" 1080p LED TV from Philips that I use as a monitor and I'm very happy with it. I thought of getting 2 more for eyefinity but I gave up on that at some point. I might get a Logitech G19 keyboard, Razer Naga mouse with Razer Vespula pad, Logitech F510 gamepad, Logitech G27 wheel, Thrustmaster HOTAS Cougar joystick, and a good 5.1 audio system that I haven't decided on yet. As for the desk and the seat, I will probably try to custom build something nice. So, any advices or recommendations? Thanks in advance.
  12. God Of Gaming

    New high-end rig build

    ^That (2.) was optimistic idea, but now that ivy bridge came out, the results are tragic ^_^
  13. God Of Gaming

    A great audio setup for PC?

    Here's a few that I tried on Win7 and had problems with: Need For Speed II SE (did not start) Need For Speed Porsche Unleashed (did not start) Half-Life (it started, but there was a bug in the console) Serious Sam: The Second Encounter (the game works, but the map editor does not) Colin McRae Rally (did not start) There probably are more games that do not work properly or not at all under 7, but after I had problems with these I got sick of it and dualbooted. BTW they might work with a virtual machine, but since this is essentially an emulator, I'd expect lower performance so I haven't tried. Besides, XP takes just about 20 GB more (together with updates, drivers and essential programs) which is the size of one modern game or ripped blu-ray movie, so it's not a problem.
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    A great audio setup for PC?

    Too many to count, and my favorite ones are between them. Maybe some of them can run on 7 too, I haven't tried, I simply avoid compatibility problems by installing anything older than 2005 on XP and anything newer on 7
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    A great audio setup for PC?

    What about XP? I use it way more than 7, and most of my favorite games are installed on it
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    A great audio setup for PC?

    I think I'll go with Creative X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional sound card, and connect that subwoofer directly to it, and connect the 5-channel amplifier directly to the sound card as well, and connect the 4 bookshelf speakers and the center channel speaker to the amplifier. Is it going to work like that, or do I still need a preamp between the sound card and the amplifier? I'm asking since someone told me amplifiers need a lot of input voltage and sound cards don't output enough for that. EDIT: Waco just said the same thing
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    A great audio setup for PC?

    That UMC-1 you just showed me.
  18. God Of Gaming

    A great audio setup for PC?

    That one seems reasonable. How good is it in comparison with a X-Fi Titanium onboard DAC? What is the cheapest sound card that I can couple it with to get hardware DS3D/EAX/OpenAL?
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    Ivy Bridge Released

    Looking at that, it would seem it's better to keep using Sandy Bridge until new steppings are released for Ivy
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    A great audio setup for PC?

    I'll be getting soon a motherboard that doesn't have any PCI slots, so the only HT Omega sound card that would be compatible with it would be the eClaro, and seeing that it is a low profile card, I doubt it would be worth it over a Creative X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro or AuzenTech X-Fi HomeTheater HD. Darn it, why doesn't X-Fi Titanium HD have enough analog outputs for 5.1
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    A great audio setup for PC?

    Does that Omega card have hardware accelerated EAX 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5? I can't find anything about that on its site. It's important for me to get the most immersive experience out of games with a lot of "sound candy" so I'm staying away from the Asus Xonar series which only seem to be lacking in that department. Also, do I need a preamp and if I do which would you recommend? I read somewhere that amplifiers need a lot more input voltage than what sound cards output, so if that's the case I guess I'll need one.
  22. God Of Gaming

    Ivy Bridge Released

    I want to see a comparison between 2500K and 3570K, or between 2600K/2700K and 3770K, where they are all overclocked as high as they will go with the same cooler and withing safe voltage/temps/stability, in other words the sandy would have a higher frequency than the ivy, and then compare their performance. What I mean is, a stock ivy can beat a stock sandy, but if a overclocked sandy can beat an overclocked ivy...
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    E5300 overclock advice

    Asus Sabretooth Z77 mobo Intel Core i7-3770K Thermalright Silver Arrow Asus DirectCU II Top HD7970 G.Skill Ares 2x8GB DDR3 1600 5x2TB HDD Seasonic X-760 PSU I'll be using this case since I love it. These are my first choice, but if it happens that the Silver Arrow doesn't fit the mobo because of the fat TUF armor, I'll probably get Corsair H100 instead, and Corsair Vengeance 2x8 memory. I'll try to sell the components of this PC after that. So, since I'm not yet sure which of the two coolers I will get, I can't get the Silver Arrow in advance and then to find out it doesn't fit the mobo. P.S. Although my cpu's FSB wall is 356 MHz, for some reason I can't get it to work with 10 x 350, windows freezes when I start prime95...
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    E5300 overclock advice

    I'm totally new to overclocking, and since yesterday I'm trying to overclock my PC. I brought this PC in early 2009 I think. The specs are: Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5300 @ 2.6 GHz (I tested it and found out that the FSB wall is 356 MHz) Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3 mobo A-DATA 2X2GB DDR2-800+ Vitesta Extreme Edition Point Of View Black Diamond 500W PSU Sapphire HD4850 512MB Dual Slot Fansink CM HAF 922 case Intel's stock cpu cooler 2 hard drives for a total of 1629GB of space I overclocked the HD4850 with AMD Overdrive, it was easy. 690 MHz GPU clock, 1188 MHz Memory Clock. After 2 sleepless nights I think I'm about done with the CPU as well. Here's what I did in the BIOS: Now it doesn't go over 67 degrees under prime95 blend test, and the windows idle voltage is just 1.312 and 1.280v under full load. I tried 3.6 GHz (10.5 x 343) but the temps were reaching 73 degrees. I also tried to get the RAM to 3-3-3-6 timings but it didn't POST, then to 1066MHz with 5-5-5-15 timings, but it was giving me BSOD during windows load no matter how much I pumped the voltage (I went as far as ICH I/O 1.650v and DRAM Voltage 2.200v). Results from the overclock: 3DMark Vantage - custom settings: CPU Score 6451 (It was 4694 before the clock) Crysis - 1080p Very High: ~24 fps (I didn't notice a difference after the overclock) Serious Sam 3: BFE - 1080p Ultra: 30-50 fps (it was 20-40 fps before) Battlefield 3 - 1080p Ultra: ~35 fps (it was ~30 fps before) ArmA 2 - 1080p Very High: 30-32 fps (it was ~22-24 fps before) Is it good like this? Is there anything other I can change to improve it? I'm a noob at overclocking, so it is a real wonder I didn't damage it yet.
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    E5300 overclock advice

    As I said I'm already saving money for a new PC. And when I buy it, I will try to sell this one. So I'm not putting any more money into it. I'm not sure which of the 2 coolers that I have my eye on will be compatible with the new motherboard, so I can't get it in advance either.
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