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Is adding a sound card worth it for me?

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Hey guys, sound n00b here. Just finished my new build, and was wondering if adding a sound card would be worth the investment. I am not an audiophile in any way, but good sound is always nice. I have a decent pair of speakers (2.1) from about 8 years ago (lol); Altec Lansing FX6021's.

My board is a Sabertooth P67, and I have no idea what kind of integrated sound is in that board, but it seems pretty good to me. I only use my speakers for music, and when I game I almost always use my headphones, Bose Triports. I know these are not the best headphones in the world, but they are decent.

Would it be worth it to invest ~$75 (Newegg, Amazon, or eBay, whatever is cheaper. I don't care if it is used or not) on a nice sound card, like the Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium? Any other suggestions? Or should I just stick with integrated audio?

Games I play recently are:
Black Ops
MW2
Metro 2033
Dirt 2
Dirt 3
Crysis 2

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Get a Asus Xonar Series
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A Asus D1 or DX would be a nice improvement.
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No, in my opinion upgrading your sound card would do little to increase the quality of your audio. I would first suggest getting better speakers/headphones, then think about upgrading to a sound card.
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post #5 of 14
If it ain't broke, don't fix it!
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Invest in better headphones / speakers
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post #7 of 14
the realtek 892 onboard is actually surprisingly good and i dnt think a ded sound card is worth it...
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Thanks for the replies guys, good to know! I probably will not be replacing my speakers or headphones anytime soon unless they break, so until that day comes I will just use my integrated sound
    
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post #9 of 14
Yes it worth it, But if your gonna do it, you would wanna invest in better headphones or speakers.
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post #10 of 14
Upgrade both if you're going to, otherwise I wouldn't get anything more than the Xonar DG.
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