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Hi everyone, I'm a newbie and want some advice

I'm about to buy a brand new PC Chillblast Fusion Stealth http://www.chillblast.com/Chillblast-Fusion-Stealth.html

Plan to use it for daily use, watching HD films, playing games and listening to music. I'll have it hooked upto my Yamaha as500 amp and Monitor Audio BX2 speakers. I'm really keen on listening to music to its best and making use of my stereo setup and I want the games to sound good too.

I can get the Essence STX as an optional upgrade (£139) with the Fusion Stealth. It sounds like a really good option, plenty of good reviews. Except some people don't rate it for gaming sound quality (not sure what they are running it through).

After researching a bit I came across DACs and I've got an offer of a Cambridge Audio DACmagic Plus reduced to £300 and the BT100 (for bluetooth streaming) £70.

I also have a PS3 that I would like to run through my amp and Samsung Galaxy S3 + Asus Transformer that I would like to stream music through amp.

Which option will give me the best all round sound for music, HD movies and gaming (in that order of preference)? The streaming is mainly convenience, if you know of a descent option to stream which the Essence STX then please advise me. I also read I can run my PS3 through the Essence STX and use it as a DAC.

Which will give me the most bangs for my bucks? Save the cash and go for the Essence STX or is the DACmagic Plus worth paying extra for?

Thanks very much
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Hi everyone, I'm a newbie and want some advice

I'm about to buy a brand new PC Chillblast Fusion Stealth http://www.chillblast.com/Chillblast-Fusion-Stealth.html

Doing a little research, it appears that this is a component of your dream PC:

https://www.asus.com/Graphics_Cards/GTX670DC2T2GD5/#specifications

Interface HDMI Output : Yes x 1


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Plan to use it for daily use, watching HD films, playing games and listening to music. I'll have it hooked upto my Yamaha as500 amp and Monitor Audio BX2 speakers. I'm really keen on listening to music to its best and making use of my stereo setup and I want the games to sound good too.

I can get the Essence STX as an optional upgrade (£139) with the Fusion Stealth. It sounds like a really good option, plenty of good reviews. Except some people don't rate it for gaming sound quality (not sure what they are running it through).

After researching a bit I came across DACs and I've got an offer of a Cambridge Audio DACmagic Plus reduced to £300 and the BT100 (for bluetooth streaming) £70.

I also have a PS3 that I would like to run through my amp and Samsung Galaxy S3 + Asus Transformer that I would like to stream music through amp.

Which option will give me the best all round sound for music, HD movies and gaming (in that order of preference)? The streaming is mainly convenience, if you know of a descent option to stream which the Essence STX then please advise me. I also read I can run my PS3 through the Essence STX and use it as a DAC.

Which will give me the most bangs for my bucks? Save the cash and go for the Essence STX or is the DACmagic Plus worth paying extra for?

Just get a good modern 5.1 AVR and attach it to the PC via their mutual HDMI connection. With a budget of over £439 I'm sure you can come up with something!
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