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i was going to get a Creative Labs Sound Blaster SB0770 X-Fi 7.1 PCI Sound Card but will i see any sound quality increase or are soundcards nowerdays not worth getting?
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i was going to get a Creative Labs Sound Blaster SB0770 X-Fi 7.1 PCI Sound Card but will i see any sound quality increase or are soundcards nowerdays not worth getting?

If you have a good ear you will perceive differences between the onboards and PCI/PCI-E ones on analog outputs.
First of all the sound should be cleaner ,on some onboard you may hear parasitic noise.
They are worth if you want to get one smile.gif

For example i needed to buy another sound card ,the Asus ,when i ve seen that Juiced 2 would sttuter like hell with onboard sound turned on ,it was unplayable.
   
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AMD forum? lol.
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What speakers/headphones you got??
    
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AMD forum? lol.

Yep ,the thread should be moved smile.gif
   
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I think it's funny you said nowerdays. It's actually now a days. Unless you did that on purpose. Either way, I laughed.

Anyways... as long as you plug in decent speakers, you will for sure hear a difference. Also, I'd like some back-up opinion on this, but I think it can help with performance too, because it takes load off your CPU for the audio. I know that I had better fps on Crysis with a sound card compared to on-board.
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If you are still using analog, then yes you will notice a difference assuming your speakers/ears aren't terrible.

With HDMI/Optical (digital) you won't notice a difference. Digital is the best it can get.
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I think it's funny you said nowerdays. It's actually now a days. Unless you did that on purpose. Either way, I laughed.

Anyways... as long as you plug in decent speakers, you will for sure hear a difference. Also, I'd like some back-up opinion on this, but I think it can help with performance too, because it takes load off your CPU for the audio. I know that I had better fps on Crysis with a sound card compared to on-board.

There are games that have problems for some reason with the Realteks.They use CPU or some other resources that the game starts sttutering or whatever ,PC underperforming.
Juiced 2 is an example though is/was rarelly played.

Also when you find a good sound card and you like it you can take the sound with you across different rigs you build. smile.gif
   
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I had my X-Fi XtremeGamer in my old PC when i built this one, was worried about possible compatibility issues. after using the on-board audio for a little while, i said **** it and swapped it out anyway. had absolutely no problems with it and I'm never going back.
Dedicated Audio FTW
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I had my X-Fi XtremeGamer in my old PC when i built this one, was worried about possible compatibility issues. after using the on-board audio for a little while, i said **** it and swapped it out anyway. had absolutely no problems with it and I'm never going back.
Dedicated Audio FTW

Yep ,i agree.
Onboards always lack something.
   
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