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I'm planning out my next upgrade to my PC and just started thinking about sound cards. Right now I am debating about getting either the Asus sabertooth z87 or the Asus Z87 Pro mother board. The price difference between these two boards is about 40-50 dollars. So I thought I could get the Asus z87 pro board and then use the money that I didn't spend getting the sabertooth board towards a sound card. I don't have any speakers but I do use some Heir Audio IEM's the 4ai model I checked online and they have about 17ohm impedance. I'm mainly going to be using the computer to play Diablo 3 and FFXIV but I might try battlefield 4 if I can. I think this is all the information that I can give. I definitely don't want to spend more than like 30-40 dollars on the card so I'm just looking at getting an entry level card. My main question is will I be able to see or notice the benefits of the card? and Will it be worth it? Any opinions or advice is appreciated.
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Probably not. An entry level sound card would be more suited for someone who wants better sound for music. For gaming, it won't make much difference at all.

If nothing else, you can get the asus hero motherboard which does have better sound quality and should be a little less expensive than the asus saber tooth. Just a thought.
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Ok thanks for the response. I do listen to music sometimes but I usually do that on my iPhone or macbook pro because the sound on them is noticeably better compared to the on board sound on my current build. But i'm guessing the better motherboards now has much better onboard sound than the older motherboards did. If i recall the board I'm using now was kind of cheap 4-5 years ago when I bought it so the onboard sound has to be much better on the top of the line boards now. Correct me if I'm wrong but I'm just guessing the onboard sound of the higher end mother boards now is probably about the same as the cheap 25-30 dollar sound cards that you can buy.
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Originally Posted by zoso0632 View Post

Ok thanks for the response. I do listen to music sometimes but I usually do that on my iPhone or macbook pro because the sound on them is noticeably better compared to the on board sound on my current build. But i'm guessing the better motherboards now has much better onboard sound than the older motherboards did. If i recall the board I'm using now was kind of cheap 4-5 years ago when I bought it so the onboard sound has to be much better on the top of the line boards now. Correct me if I'm wrong but I'm just guessing the onboard sound of the higher end mother boards now is probably about the same as the cheap 25-30 dollar sound cards that you can buy.

It completely depends on the mobo.

Your macbook might still have better sound just FYI. I am not a big apple fan, but they do put some decent dac chips (a Digital to analog converter = aka = main part of a sound card) into their products.
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It completely depends on the mobo.

Your macbook might still have better sound just FYI. I am not a big apple fan, but they do put some decent dac chips (a Digital to analog converter = aka = main part of a sound card) into their products.

Ok, maybe i'll just skip the sound card with this upgrade and get the better motherboard. I have heard that about apple products so I guess i'll just stick to listening to music on it or something. Thanks for the feedback.
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