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False.
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What is a CPU used for?
it is an unnecessary part that just provides better graphics and speeds up ram. however some systems will beep and not start if you don't have one. it may also cause system instability without it. if your computer doesn't start without the cpu installed, you have a bad motherboard and should take it out and smash it on your head as hard as you can
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Originally Posted by Iceman23 View Post
False.
I'd tend to agree, OTOH it depends on what you're listening to as well as the other gear in your setup. If you have blown or crap speakers and are in a loud ambient-noise setting listening to music that was not mixed well when recorded...a $200 sound card won't do much for you.

I can hear the diff from the onboard ALC889 audio and my Xonar D2X. But that is me, my gear, and my ears.
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I second that.
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False.
What does a regular joe or 'hardcore gamer' need a dedicated sound card for. The only reason I can think of is Battlefield two, where some intergrated sound cards couldn't handle 128 different sound directions or something. A better sound card really isn't going to help you hear the footstep of someone creeping behind you in CoD any better, thats the headphone/speakers job.
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What does a regular joe or 'hardcore gamer' need a dedicated sound card for. The only reason I can think of is Battlefield two, where some intergrated sound cards couldn't handle 128 different sound directions or something. A better sound card really isn't going to help you hear the footstep of someone creeping behind you in CoD any better, thats the headphone/speakers job.
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I'd tend to agree, OTOH it depends on what you're listening to as well as the other gear in your setup. If you have blown or crap speakers and are in a loud ambient-noise setting listening to music that was not mixed well when recorded...a $200 sound card won't do much for you.

I can hear the diff from the onboard ALC889 audio and my Xonar D2X. But that is me, my gear, and my ears.
Even the EPs I got that were recorded on audio cassettes sound way better on my sound card than they do on my on-board, as does everything else. At the very least the sound card stops you from getting static noises in your headphones/speakers which more than justifies the price tag. I'm not an audiophile and spent less than £95 for both my sound card and headphones, well worth the money IMHO. Even if you use basic cheap headphones like I used to (HD201s) you will tell the difference.
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OP seems legit. He's a new/novice builder, all of his posts are about recommendations or advice regarding a new build.
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Moved to the correct section.

To the rest of you, before accusing the OP of doing anytthing wrong, just report the Thread so we can deal with it, instead of making it harder for us...

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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
Not true
They do improve audio quality but also take a load away from general processing. Also for sound applications such as dj software and studio applications they make them more stable and low latency without dropouts.

Dropouts happen when the audio processor gets overloaded which in most cases the onboard audio sucks for that. Also the sound out of an audiocard is usually much more clear than onboard
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