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Old November 4, 2012, 06:40 AM
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There is no set dollar level spent as per when needing a soundcard. Some motherboards do have a good solution. THe ASUS M4A88TB I was using had excellent onboard sound while my current Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 is crap and I required a soundcard.

If you are running high end headphones your needs are completely different than if you are running speakers. I use an amp and large tower speakers. Lots of dynamic range. Onboard just sounded flat and muddled. Getting a decent soundcard really woke up my sound.

As has been said by the headphone users, if you have headphones that are a higher ohms rating, you must use something with an amp to really make them come alive. They have good cards for well under $100 to fit that need so really there is not much to think about, just a budget.
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