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Hey,

I'm wondering if motherboards include integrated sound? It looks to me that they do, and, is it enough? Or is a dedicated sound card needed for a gaming sort of build.
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post #2 of 18
It's good enough for me
I think it's a personal preference
post #3 of 18
Yes it is included and yes it is enough if you don't have a uber h4x0r sound setup
post #4 of 18
They usually do, yes..

It tends to be very good, of course, its never too good for those that can catch the little details..
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post #5 of 18
Depends on the motherboard.

Most of the crappy Realtek ones are fairly mediocre.
There are some enthusiast boards with higher end integrated components, though.
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post #6 of 18
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Originally Posted by steelbom View Post
Hey,

I'm wondering if motherboards include integrated sound? It looks to me that they do, and, is it enough? Or is a dedicated sound card needed for a gaming sort of build.
Usually the sound on a motherboard is more than enough for a gaming computer. Unless you are really into music and Hi-fi recordings then you will not need an additional sound card. If you need a sound card that is that high of quality then get ready to spend 100+ for one.

The sound on a motherboard is usually 7 channel surround which should be plenty more than enough for any gamer. Even though they have 7 channels that does not mean that it is high quality sound, but it is not low either. So I would just stick with the onboard sound. Personally I prefer stereo speakers since then you only need to worry about if the left or right one is louder and that is the direction the sound is coming from.

If you have another question ask away!
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post #7 of 18
If you was as hard of hearing as I am it would not make a difference.If you are a audio guy then a dedicated card would be better.All my rigs have run onboard sound and no plans to upgrade.
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post #8 of 18
Just buy a Mac. If it's not included you don't need it.
    
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post #9 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by ESP View Post
Just buy a Mac. If it's not included you don't need it.
Your user title certainly fits this post. Want to contribute something useful?


Anyway, most do. You'll see it in either the specs, or if you look at pictures of the mobo. For me, its good enough. But if you were a professional audio technician, you would be looking in the area of $100+ for a card. You'd also have to have a good pair of headphones to compliment that card as well, otherwise it would just be money wasted.
Edited by Raptor_Jesus - 6/12/11 at 9:14pm
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post #10 of 18
Sound is as much as a immersion as graphics.

For me, I'm definitely getting a discrete sound card once I have the money for good cans.
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