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What are sound cards and what are they used for?

Do they attach to like huge speakers?
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Not sure if serious...

If you are, here's some good reads:
http://www.overclock.net/sound-cards...ease-read.html

Here is our Sound Card forum (where you wanted to post this):
http://www.overclock.net/sound-cards-computer-audio/
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Not sure if serious...

If you are, here's some good reads:
http://www.overclock.net/sound-cards...ease-read.html

Here is our Sound Card forum (where you wanted to post this):
http://www.overclock.net/sound-cards-computer-audio/
Hey! Everyone has to start somewhere!
Good links though!
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they just give higher quality sound than onboard audio. they are not needed, but many audiophiles, or just people who want better sound quality will buy them. I personally cannot see purchasing one, but often times people will purchase a nice sound card and a very nice headset and mic.

as stated above... not sure if serious
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Hey! Everyone has to start somewhere!
Good links though!
Seeing as he is using a computer, figured out how to sign up for a forum, and figured out how to post a messge I find it hard to believe he isn't able to type "what is a sound card" into google.
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What are sound cards and what are they used for?

Do they attach to like huge speakers?
To get better sound out of your PC than from the audio chip on your motherboard. Can use PCI or PCI-E bus. Can cost from $10-$180+.

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But if srs, here is my personal written description of what a sound card is and does.

A sound card processes the sound data that comes from your computer. With the proper drivers, the sound card can tap into that data and produce the correct data and electrical current for your speakers to produce sound.

Back in the day, most computers needed an off-board sound card and didn't have one on-board. And in their systems, they used to just use the on-board speaker that produced beeps for sound. I played MS-DOS Doom using beeps for awhile. Entertaining stuff. When you shot a gun, it would produce a beep. Or when you hit someone with a bullet, it would produce a beep. But my speaker was a little more advanced than some older ones, so it had different pitches to its beeps, but still entertaining regardless.

But most motherboards these days have built-in sound cards so you don't need an off-board card. But there are cards with more sound quality than on-boards around though, like X-Fi Platinums from Creative, etc.
    
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Perhaps you're a young guy who never heard of sound cards before.

Well, back in the day when sound cards were all the rage, (I was born in the '80s), it was a card like device that you attach to your PCI slot on your motherboard so that you could have sound and music on your PC. You attached your green audio cable from you speakers into the green audio jack on the sound card.

Sound cards were essential for anyone who used a PC for personal enjoyment, whether it was gaming or surfing the internet.

Fast forward to the new millennium, sound cards were integrated into motherboards because they could make them smaller and cheaper. Although there are quite a few top end sound cards out there in the present now, dedicated sound cards are pretty uncommon in the computing world today. Most of them time, they are used by those who use their PCs for the creation of music.

Truthfully, in my opinion, no regular joe or even a hardcore gamer really needs a dedicated sound card because the integrated ones nowadays are can be just as good as those dedicated sound cards.
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Truthfully, in my opinion, no regular joe or even a hardcore gamer really needs a dedicated sound card because the integrated ones nowadays are can be just as good as those dedicated sound cards.
False.
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Seeing as he is using a computer, figured out how to sign up for a forum, and figured out how to post a messge I find it hard to believe he isn't able to type "what is a sound card" into google.
Majority of questions asked on OCN can be answered via google.
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