Best gaming soundcard for windows 7

By Canuck250
Jan 7, 2010
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  1. With the new year on me and my 15 year old soundcard sputtering to its death, what card would be best for a windows 7 gaming machine, mainly playing counter-strike source?
  2. IvanAwfulitch

    IvanAwfulitch TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 239   +11

    I'll try to put this as simply as I can. As long as the sound card is by Creative Labs, and the sound card fits in a slot you have available on your motherboard, then it barely matters what you get. I get excellent sound from my card. My card is a PCI Creative Soundblaster Audigy SE that I got a year or two ago for $30. Driver support for it with Windows 7 gave me a little bit of trouble, but I got it to work anyway. It's an old card...what can I say? Driver issues are to be expected in such a case.

    Regardless though, the general rule of thumb still stands. Just let me know how much you're willing to spend and what slot you have and I can link you to an appropriate card if you like. Cards go for anything between $30 and $300 bucks. There are PCI-Express versions and PCI versions as I'm sure you're aware.

    If there's anything that needs further explanation, please ask. I'll be happy to answer.
  3. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    If you mean best of the best, there are several hundred dollar soundcards for audiophiles, but as it sounds like your situation is mainly for gaming, I would recommend the Creative X-fi Xtreme Gamer - it uses a PCI-E x1 slot, sounds great when playing games and drivers work with Windows 7.
  4. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,700   +586

  5. Canuck250

    Canuck250 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    thanks for the responses, my main concern is surround sound in my headphones, as in I want to hear exactly where that footstep was.
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