I followed that advice of yours (and the other guys) and build a machine by myself. Now everything is installed, but there is still the big question of which sound card I need to buy. As written before I always used my 1010lt, but it doesn't fit into the new Gigabyte mainboard. :/ I guess the on-board sound isn't worth a penny?I prefer a self build as you have more control over component choice which also makes it easier to build a quiet PC.
I would look at 2666MHz RAM which the CPU supports.
Any ideas, for a great sound card between 100 and 250 USD possibly? ...or any ideas on good manufactures? What I'd need is pretty basic; 2 output jacks for my masters speakers, maybe one microphone XLR input, and another midi input too for my master keyboard, but those two least would be optional, especially as Midi seems to be sorta out-dated, and USB perfectly is way more commonly used.
PS: getting slightly off-topic; I have quite some tearing when I watch videos. What can I do about it? I'm using a 27 HP LCD, and the graphics chip is an inbuild one by Intel. The device list just says "Microsoft Basic Display Adapter". Is this possibly an indicator for a not-properly installed graphic unit/display driver?