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Poll Results: Off-Board sound card worth it?

 
  • 88% (62)
    Yes
  • 11% (8)
    No
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post #31 of 38
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Originally Posted by Murlocke View Post
I see so many people with C2D and 8 series cards with onboard, and I just slap myself in the face.
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Originally Posted by PaulTa View Post
The D975XBX2 has 7.1 onboard (I believe). Why would I need a sound card when I could use that money for other things?
The amount of speakers support (7.1) doesn't mean squat for audio quality especially considering that majority of users won't ever get a 7.1 setup. Onboard with 7.1 support is still a poor source for real music listening, movie watching and gaming. Audiophile or not, you're immersed in sound all the time so why not get the best of it?
    
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post #32 of 38
regarding audio quality: yep, it makes a difference.

regarding performance: with current powerful CPUs, nope, not really a difference.
    
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post #33 of 38
sound cards will also improve in game sounds, like when playing bf2 you will hear gunfire in the correct place when there are multiple shots going off
post #34 of 38
It has been my experience that using integrated sound is merely setting the user up for potential disappointment, either with the audio performance or worse still the eventual demise of the integrated audio feature (as seen all too often)


Along with a decent PSU, the soundcard is also (sadly) an often overlooked component


Get a soundcard young padwan!
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post #35 of 38
Are sound cards only worth it if you have a surround sound set up? What if you just have your stock 3"x5" desktop speakers?
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post #36 of 38
Seriously, get a soundcard.. if youre on a budget (like poor lol) get a Creative soundblaster Audigy SE.. then there's the X-Fi cards.. little more pricey, but REALLY worth it.. HeadPhones reccomended!! (unless youre jet-raping on BF2.. then its fun w/ speakers)
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post #37 of 38
I was kinda in the same boat as you, and I've gone with onboard for years. However, today I bought an X-Fi Xtreme Gamer for $89 and it ROCKS! Everything sounds SO much better, I'm not even exaggerating. I have some Logitech X-530s, so they're nothing special. The only way you can not tell a difference that much is if you are close to deaf.
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post #38 of 38
Sound cards changed my life.
    
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