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Sandro_Bit August 21, 2009 03:14 PM

Worth it to buy a sound card or will MOBO sound be enough?
 
I'm planning on building a new comp next month when the new i7 processors come out but I wanted to know if it was worth it to buy a sound card or if the integrated sound card that modern motherboards come with provide sufficient audio quality for my 5.1 surround sound speakers? thanks in advance, i searched a bit but couldn't find exactly what I wanted.

lowfat August 21, 2009 03:18 PM

It depends on how important sound quality is to you and what speakers you are using.

Jake_HT August 21, 2009 03:22 PM

Sound cards are a great investment IMO, but it does matter what you're using for speakers.. if you have crappy speakers it kind of defeats the purpose of buying a sound card.

bojangles August 21, 2009 04:33 PM

It definitely defeats the purpose if you have low quality speakers. I would recommend a sound card if you're buying a nice pair of headphones, a quality set of PC speakers or a home theatre setup.

lowfat August 21, 2009 07:48 PM

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Originally Posted by bojangles (Post 243100)
It definitely defeats the purpose if you have low quality speakers. I would recommend a sound card if you're buying a nice pair of headphones, a quality set of PC speakers or a home theatre setup.

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If you post what you will be using I am sure we can tell you what would make a good card for what you have.

Inzanity August 21, 2009 07:56 PM

I have to agree with everyone else here. They are a great investment with the right hardware.

I have stuck with Onboard sound for a while. Probably because i don't get to play as much anymore and my wife already tells me I am half deaf. :)

Sandro_Bit August 21, 2009 08:32 PM

I definitely plan on using Headphones for gaming, I will be using my current Altec Lansing surround sound speakers. they're pretty decent speakers i picked up 5 years ago, no crackles and popping in em. I guess i should go for a good Sound Blaster sound card then... any recommendations? i don't need anything crazy that supports 7.1 surround sound but something that's good for headsets is good for me. thanks!

lowfat August 21, 2009 08:35 PM

What is your budget? The Asus Xonar D1 or DX are likely the best budget cards out there. Although the Auzentech Forte is often on sale for sub-$100 as well.

Sandro_Bit August 21, 2009 08:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lowfat (Post 243176)
What is your budget? The Asus Xonar D1 or DX are likely the best budget cards out there. Although the Auzentech Forte is often on sale for sub-$100 as well.

i'm guessing $50-100 for a sound card is average.

SugarJ August 21, 2009 08:38 PM

Any new sound card will support 7.1, pretty hard to get one that doesn't now. I'd suggest a Xonar DX or X-plosion to keep it under $100.

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