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How much of a difference between onboard sound and discrete sound cards is there? Is it worth it to get a discrete SC? I've been reading around abit and many places say that onboard sound nowadays has sufficiently good quality and discrete cards dont have that much better quality sound.

Also, are there any difference between speakers specifically tailored for computers and hi-fi? or are they the same?
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From what I heard, THe Dedicated SC, since they are dedicated, are great. If you buy a quality product you'll have crystal clean sound. And it will take some stress from the CPU because all the sounds will me processes on the SC and not from the CPU.
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Also, are there any difference between speakers specifically tailored for computers and hi-fi? or are they the same?
Well instead of asking you to believe what i have to say i would be neutral and point you to serious hifi forums like AVS. With a forum name like "Overclock.net" where some peeps judge good audio set ups as "loud and boomy" it is no wonder we have a few Logitech worshipers cos they have never heard anything better
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My first discrete sound card was a Creative X-Fi Xtreme Gamer which was definitely better than the Realtek onboard sound that came with my P5WD2 board i was using at the time. I eventually upgraded to an Auzentech X-Fi Prelude, which I thought was a beautiful sounding card; but I, like many others, was introduced to the 'crackling' and 'popping' issue that plauged so many Prelude owners and I then upgraded to the Creative X-Fi Titanium HD card that I currently am using with a 5.1 Onkyo Receiver and a set of Sennheiser PC 360's and am very happy with it. Before i purchased this card, i decided I would try the onboard "X-Fi" sound that came on my Rampage III Formula, as i had heard onboard sound had come along way since my first discrete card. I was very disappointed in the quality of sound it produced.
 
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