Finding the right sound card

March 25, 2013 at 17:55:28
Specs: Windows 7, 4GB
What should I look for in a Sound Card?


I have come to a point where my onboard audio has begun to suck. Listening at my favorite radio program on, 6:00- 9:00 AM, the program starts to skip and stop, just loosing the sound and repeating this condition to the point of almost driving me nuts!

Therefore I am compelled to get a separate unit installed on the PCI slots on the MB.
I have a Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audugy2 installed on another pc that’s running Win 2000 and Windows XP.
But moving up to a Windows 7 Sound Blaster seems to be a good solution in resolving this hiccupping system.

Can anyone out there point to a compatible Sound Blaster to run on my mainboard which is listed below:

Property Value
Manufacturer MSI
Model 740GTM-P21 (MS-7302)
Version 1.0

North Bridge ATI RS690/RS690M Revision 00
South Bridge AMD SB700 Revision 00

CPU AMD Athlon(tm) II X2 240 Processor
Cpu Socket Socket AM3 (938)

System Slots 4 PCI

Memory Summary
Maximum Capacity 8192 MBytes
Memory Slots 2
Error Correction None

Warning! Accuracy of DMI data cannot be guaranteed

There are three vacant PCI slots, because the top one is occupied with an Nvidia 210 PCIe video card.

I am willing to stop looking and await any suggestion about the installation of this card.

Thanks in advance for your helpful input in resolving this critical piece of hardware gotchas.


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March 25, 2013 at 19:32:51
When losing sound and skipping with streaming audio the first place to look is you internet connection. If that is at fault, which is what the symptoms point to, a new sound card isnt going to improve matters.


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March 25, 2013 at 20:36:38
It could also be you have too much junk running in the background. Shut down any software that doesn't need to be running and see if that makes a difference.

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March 25, 2013 at 20:49:30
I agree with the above. It could be either or a combination of both. It could also be caused by spyware or malware. I doubt it's a hardware problem.

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March 26, 2013 at 09:50:01
In addition to all the above comments which I agree with, some stations broadcast at low quality and will not sound very good even with a good internet connection.

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