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onboard audio has defiantly improved over the years... PCI Sound cards are the only way to go, as the PCI- E simply have no benefit (unless there is spacing issues ie. a cooler is huge and covers the remaining PCI slots, u use a PCI-E card) But all in all a newer end Sound card will have some benefits for you, especially in sound quality, the ability to skip kernal sound output, and 24bit output buffers. Even small things such as higher grade components help.

But as you're running on a tight budget, my suggestion is simply to leave out the sound card for now, as the soundcard you're looking at now will only decrease in price... for when u have the money and then u can purchase higher quality components that make a larger impact now.
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Okay, thank you. I have been thinking about what I am going to be using this computer for and I think that maybe I wouldn't mind having a nice sound card, especially because it helps the cpu performance (however negligibly). Are $200 sound cards like the Auzentehc Prelude or the Asus Xonar worth it?
The Prelude and the Xonar D2X are among the best in their class, for general gaming/movie/music they are amazing, but there are better options out there if you want to just specialize in music.

The best way for us to help you is to start by letting us know your budget, if you will be using headphones or speakers, and what you will be mainly using the sound card for (i.e. gaming, movies, music, production, etc.)

hope that helps!
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If you are willing to spend the money it is. Thought the price will drop. Be warned there won't be a HUGE notice in speed... Might not even notice anything.

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Well this will probably be used mostly for gaming, but seeing as it is my college rig I may find myself watching more and more movies on it.
I was looking at the xonar pci-e 1x because that still leaves open the option to tri-sli in the future.
I just got a $200,000 scholarship so I have some money to spend that would have gone towards tuition, so I wouldn't say that I have a tight budget. I will spend money if I feel that the part is worth it.
Thank you all for all of you help.
If i downgrade to a less expensive soundcard, how much of a difference would I notice for my hardcore gaming and light to moderate music/movies?
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Depending on your headphones/speakers, you might not hear any difference, or you will hear a lot. I know that isn't very helpful. It's up to you to decide how good you want your rig to sound, only sky's the limit, of course budget as well. For multi-purpose gaming and movies, cards like the Barracuda AC-1 and X-Fis work pretty well. Of course, the Prelude and Xonar D2X will be better, but on most standard setups the difference will be negligible.
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