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I plan on buying a high end motherboard and either a single 590 or sli 590. Would I need a soundcard for extreme gaming and extreme movie/music watching/listening? I already have a soundcard picked out...

If I need a soundcard, I chose this; ASUS Xonar Essence STX
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They have built in sound if it has native HDMI or miniHDMI
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Good choice. The Titanium HD is another good alternative.

GPUs don't have sound cards built in them, they simply allow you to utilize mobo onboard sound via digital out.
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They have built in sound if it has native HDMI or miniHDMI
Is it better than the onboard sound, and is it better or equal to getting a sound card so I don't need to buy a sound card? Or do you still recommend using the sound card over the gpu sound.
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I know AMD has dedicated sound chips for HDMI. I think Nvidia requisitions the motherboards sound chip.
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if youre hardcore about sound and have a nice sound system to compliment the sound card, then yes you will literally hear the difference.

integrated "hd" audio is pretty good for what it is.
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Is it better than the onboard sound, and is it better or equal to getting a sound card so I don't need to buy a sound card? Or do you still recommend using the sound card over the gpu sound.
Generally not much of a difference. Or at least I haven't found it to be. HDMI also need to be zoomed in on to make it fit the screen perfectly. I still use VGA and its still good quality.
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Before we go recommending a 200$ sound card for your needs, what devices are you listening to your audio with? Do you just game, or listen to a lot of music/movies? IF you're using some poo logitech 5.1 or fatality crapturd headset there's really no point in buying a really pricey sound card like the STX unless you plan on buying some nice audio equipment.
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post #10 of 13
Quote:
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Good choice. The Titanium HD is another good alternative.

GPUs don't have sound cards built in them, they simply allow you to utilize mobo onboard sound via digital out.
Newer AMD chips have onboard soundcards...
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