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post #11 of 18
I was using onboard sound with no drawbacks. I wouldn't say I upgraded, but my onboard died and I was able to pick up the soundcard in my sig for like 20 bucks used here. It sounds about the same, if you ask me.
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post #12 of 18
my only gripe with onboard sound is that theyre not loud enough in my headphones (ath-M50's)
    
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post #13 of 18
They all (or almost all) have onboard audio. It's usually good enough, but there are always better options if you want them.
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post #14 of 18
Most of them have onboard sound. Most people with a high-end headphone or speaker system prefer to have a sound card, though, because it makes a big difference. If you've never experienced sound with a sound card, you won't be missing much of anything though.
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post #15 of 18
On board sound is better then years ago for sure. When I built my last computer it was the 1st time for onboard sound for me . I always had an add on card. To me on board just isnt as good but many may not notice a big difference & I couldnt complain enough to buy & install another card. I had an older system that was laying around for a while & I decided to give it away. As I was wiping the drive & setting it back up, the sound about knocked me on the floor it had a soundblaster or creative labs card of some kind I cant recall but I know after listening to onboard sound for so long I couldnt believe how much better that old computers sound was it was night & day difference. It all depends on what kind of quality your used to & also what quality of sound is offered on the motherboard. This current computer has on board sound its an intel board from 2005 or so. It has realtek hd audio. I dont know what they think is hd or great but this isnt by most standards, but it wasnt bad enough for me to run out & grab another card though. I just took delivery of an asus z68 pro board im interested my self in knowing if the onboard sound has improved through the years enough for me to keep it.
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post #16 of 18
Newer mobos have sound good enough for the vast majority of people, but for those of us who care about music reproduction, picking up at least a ~$25 Xonar DG seems almost trivial. It'll improve quality and power headphones much better. Again, if you're a regular user/gamer, onboard should be fine.
post #17 of 18
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Thanks everyone for your help! The info is much appreciated! It sounds like I'll only need on-board sound. Maybe if I build a ~$2000+ rig I'll include a $100 sound card, as having really high quality headphones may be something I want, but not right now.

I don't really know if any of my prior PCs have had sound cards or just onboard audio or not.

The motherboard I'm going to use will very likely be a ASRock P67 Pro
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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.
Yeah all modern day motherboards have oboard sound (there are some VERY VERY special ones that don't but they are geared at a very certain portion of the market).

I use onboard and works great for me. No issues or anything at all.
 
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