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post #1 of 13
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I need to know which is a better option? Buying an $80 sound card or just using onboard sound? Is buying an expensive sound card really worth it? The only time I personaly use my speakers is when I am listening to music or working on something. Far more often I use a headset.
post #2 of 13
If you play games and stuff I think you would benefit from a soundcard. Onboard is fine i think if you dont play games heavily
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post #3 of 13
Get a sound card,better for gamming or music.
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post #4 of 13
i recently got an xtremegamer and i've been very pleased with it in games, but truth-be-told since you're using a headset most of the time you likely won't notice the difference unless you've got some good headphones not the $10 i use.

i got my card just to alleviate some of the load from my CPU, and the sound coming from the 5.1 X-530's i use is definitely alot better (the classical/vocal music i listen to has some depth to it now and in BF2142 i can hear the ground as i crawl forward) than the onboard i was using (pretty flat honestly)
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post #5 of 13
yes, for some people, upgrading from onboard SC may be a little bit hard, not knowing the difference in between.

aside from which SC u're going to buy, and what speaker/headphone u use, result may vary, but generally i would say that there are definetly noticeable improvements.
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post #6 of 13
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What difference is made? Is it a performace issue or a sound quality issue? In my opinion, sound cards are way over priced unless you have surround sound speakers going. If I stick with onboard sound, will there be noticeable performance drop?
post #7 of 13
u cannot by any means compare soundcard performance with any other PC hardware.

generally by using the right soundcard, your PC will actually has more attractions.
you'll start to enjoy your gaming experience even more, listen to more music, watch movie with rich surround and sound effects.
when i say "enjoy"... i really mean it!

some soundcards doesn't need surround speaker to actually produce surround sound.
for example, X-fi has CMSS3D that can even produce 3D surround even for headphones.
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post #8 of 13
If you aren't using $10 headphones then you'll notice a difference. I have $30 headphones and a 7 year old Sony stereo, and I noticed a huge difference going from onboard to an old $15 used soundblaster.
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post #9 of 13
using hi-grade soundcards will even make your cheap $10 headphone sounds better.
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post #10 of 13
using a sound card will take that duty away from your CPU, thus increasing performance while gaming. also, if you game online and use a microphone, you probably sound awful to your friends when you have onboard. when i'm in Vent or TS i can always tell who has onboard because there is a screeching noise in the background whenever they talk.
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