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Sound cards make me happy.
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post #22 of 52
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Originally Posted by .:hybrid:. View Post
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.
It makes the sound a lot better. You will hear the same things, they will just sound better. I don't understand anyone who can't see the value in that.
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post #23 of 52
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It makes the sound a lot better. You will hear the same things, they will just sound better. I don't understand anyone who can't see the value in that.

and not only that...



Pair them with a good headset or awesome speakers and you'll hear things in games/movies/music that you've never heard before.
post #24 of 52
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It makes the sound a lot better. You will hear the same things, they will just sound better. I don't understand anyone who can't see the value in that.
Value = Benefits / Price

I am not going to pay more money for just a slight difference.
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post #25 of 52
There is nothing slight in buying and using a good sound card. Every single person that I have ever convinced to add a sound card and shut off their onboard has been shocked at the difference.

Crappy headphones, good headphones, always the same. They always tell me they do not hear a background flutter anymore, sounds are not muffled or compressed, and dozens of little details can be heard that were not before.

If you are old enough to remember cassette tapes before CDs, you would understand the analogy. If you have a lot of cooling in your PC case, you may hear a buzz or static with your onboard audio. Why? because it is not shielded in any way, shape, or form.

Lastly, onboard audio if free. Why? because crappy components do not cost much to add to a $100 dollar motherboard.
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I knew most of my hardware when I came but didn't really know what a sound card is. Everybody has a different starting point.
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post #27 of 52
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I knew most of my hardware when I came but didn't really know what a sound card is. Everybody has a different starting point.
These days it's necessary to err on the side of troll - I apologize op if this truly was serious.
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These days it's necessary to err on the side of troll - I apologize op if this truly was serious.
Don't assume troll until they make an absurdly stupid follow-up response .
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post #29 of 52
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Don't assume troll until they make an absurdly stupid follow-up response .
Chances are if the thread makes it to second post there's a flame war raging already
post #30 of 52
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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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Originally Posted by .:hybrid:. View Post
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.
For me the biggest reason to get a dedicated sound card is to lighten the load on the CPU. True, a lot of us have pretty major CPUs that can handle it, but why add more to the load when a dedicated sound card can be had for usually not that much. For instance, I got my X-Fi XtremeMusic for only $30, so it made it totally worth it.
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