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If i were to use a pci sound card instead of onboard audio would that put less stress on the cpu because my guess is that onboard audio is controlled by the cpu. would a sound card not be controlled by the cpu or at least less?
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*affect, and yes. Usually, onboard audio requires processing from the CPU. A dedicated sound card would be able to process the sound itse;f, leaving your CPU more cycles to do what it needs to.
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If i were to use a pci sound card instead of onboard audio would that put less stress on the cpu because my guess is that onboard audio is controlled by the cpu. would a sound card not be controlled by the cpu or at least less?
Meh, CPUs these days (and more if you have a strong CPU like the 965BE) are incredible strong, they are more than capable of such task without you noticing any performance "hit".

There are games that it doesn't even matter if you have a $500 sound card or not, the sound will still be software accelerated (like BFBC2/BF3).

Buying a dedicated sound card just to avoid such performance hit is pointless.
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thanks but what do you mean by dedicated sound card im using an old one for windows xp
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Meh, CPUs these days (and more if you have a strong CPU like the 965BE) are incredible strong, they are more than capable of such task without you noticing any performance "hit".

There are games that it doesn't even matter if you have a $500 sound card or not, the sound will still be software accelerated (like BFBC2/BF3).

Buying a dedicated sound card just to avoid such performance hit is pointless.
im the kinda guy that really cares about these things lol.

i would spend 500$ on a sound card
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If the motherboard has a Realtech 889 (best) or 892 (good) sound chip all is good (I am not familiar with other maker chips).
If other, especially if using CPUs near 100%, you would benefit from a sound card, the ASUS 5.1 DG is low end price /perforcement (or popularity) leader, do not know how far compatible with older operating systems.
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