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1) Would a soundcard be a worthy investment if I use Headphones? I've wondered whether buying one would make a difference.

2) Which one's should I get for under $60? I haven't ever spent money on a sound card, so I don't know which to buy.

3) And will department stores sell it, or will I have to use Newegg again?
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24-bit sound will make a difference, You could get the Audigy 2 ZS.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102175

Not sure how value works but it should be the same deal, just with less unneeded cables, etc. 25$ mail-in rebate.
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What's the difference between one of those and top of the line? Also, am I on 16-bit sound?
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Top of the line... like the x-fi, Just more features and support more voices at the same time. I dont know of any intergrated that is 24bit. So im guessing yes you are 16-bit. Im not sure if the x-fi has more quality or not, but their overpriced and I dont think their is a noticable difference in sound quality, they are still 24-bit.

I doubled checked and yes your mobo is 16-bit, This card will put you at 24-bit. Allow more sounds at the same time, etc.
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post #5 of 17
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Top of the line... like the x-fi, Just more features and support more voices at the same time. I dont know of any intergrated that is 24bit. So im guessing yes you are 16-bit. Im not sure if the x-fi has more quality or not, but their overpriced and I dont think their is a noticable difference in sound quality, they are still 24-bit.

Checking to see what your mobo has...
I was looking at stores and they're rediculously priced, but I really don't want to wait for shipping- $99.99 at BestBuy, and $129.99 at Circuit City.
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Newegg has some very nice shipping, Most stores are going to be very overpriced. If you use fedex express saver you should get it friday or monday($9), or you can do 2 day and rush your order and make sure you get it on friday (23$). You wont get hardware cheap in stores. =/

Even if you do overnight, your still gonna get off cheaper than anywhere local most likely, and then you get the rebate also.
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I'd say get an Audigy 2ZS a few are being sold in the For sale section at the moment for about $50

A Sound card take's the load off of the CPU when listining to music and especially when playing game's.... it allow's you to achieve higher frame rates
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Originally Posted by PetrolHead
I'd say get an Audigy 2ZS a few are being sold in the For sale section at the moment for about $50

A Sound card take's the load off of the CPU when listining to music and especially when playing game's.... it allow's you to achieve higher frame rates
Higher frame rates... That makes it just about worth it. I can't use sale section, I think you have to have 75 rep.
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You can buy stuff but you can't sell
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Quote:
Originally Posted by m|dg3t
1) Would a soundcard be a worthy investment if I use Headphones? I've wondered whether buying one would make a difference.

2) Which one's should I get for under $60? I haven't ever spent money on a sound card, so I don't know which to buy.

3) And will department stores sell it, or will I have to use Newegg again?
It would make a difference in your performance, but a sound quality upgrade would depend on your headphones. What kind/model do you use?
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