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hi there, i was looking at maybe getting a sound card, but.. what exactly will it do for me? do i have to have a better set of speakers to take advantage of the good sound card?
    
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Well what is your setup? It makes good audio equipment better.
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this is my setup

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/Pu...umber=16731312

The speakers i have were just a cheap one i was buying, if i wanted to get a good sound card would i have to get some more expensive speakers too?
    
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Depends what you need it to do. In general onboard optical/coax (spdif) connection is very high quality. Some guys like a quality sound card for there audiophile rig. As for me onboard optical works just fine to my onkyo receiver. If all you are running is a set of headphones or low to mid(even a lot of high grade) gear you'll be fine. Definitely spend more on your amp and speakers than your sound card.

Edit.
$30 logitech set up does not need a dedicated sound card
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post #5 of 25
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what are some good speakers/sub/amp?

I would be fine with the Logitech S-220 i have chosen, but I was just wondering how much better I could make them without breaking the bank.
Edited by jabroni - 8/10/11 at 4:13pm
    
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If this is your first self-built computer, don't worry about sound cards just yet.

Audio is something that you slowly get into. Don't jump on a $200 sound card off the bat because you won't gain any real experience from that.
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post #7 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by jabroni View Post
what are some good speakers/amps?
Depends what you want to spend and what you want it to do.
Simple start
Receivers: I love Dennon, Pioneer, Onkyo, Yamaha, Kenwood
Speakers: Klipsch, Boston acoustics, B&W

There are a lot of options out there. Currently I am running a simple Onkyo 5.1 home theater in a box set up and it works for gaming and music for me.
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if all i was going to do was spend like 50-80 bucks on sound equipment, what would be a good option?
    
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Originally Posted by jabroni View Post
if all i was going to do was spend like 50-80 bucks on sound equipment, what would be a good option?
From where you are now? Pretty much nothing. Pro audio equipment is pricey. You might find a cheap set of Logitech 5.1, but even that doesn't really need a sound card.
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if all i was going to do was spend like 50-80 bucks on sound equipment, what would be a good option?
It all still depends on what you are planning to do with it. If its just for a gaming rig in your room a 2.1 logitech system will be perfect.
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