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Ok i'm kinda at a cross road here...this is my Motherboard...

http://www.msicomputer.com/product/p..._Plus&class=mb

I know it's onboard sound but does it have it's own processor or not.. Maybe someone can help me there.If it's not pulling on my CPU then i'm not really worried about changing it cuz it already sounds nice on my 5.1.

But anyways i'm lookin if it is infact utilizing my processor to upgrade to a X Fi that will be going on sale...(i love having friends at best buy).
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http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/28 Hope this helps, I would reccomend stand alone.
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An add in sound card is always better than onboard cause it takes load off of the CPU.
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Ok i'm kinda at a cross road here...this is my Motherboard...

http://www.msicomputer.com/product/p..._Plus&class=mb

I know it's onboard sound but does it have it's own processor or not.. Maybe someone can help me there.If it's not pulling on my CPU then i'm not really worried about changing it cuz it already sounds nice on my 5.1.

But anyways i'm lookin if it is infact utilizing my processor to upgrade to a X Fi that will be going on sale...(i love having friends at best buy).
Even though it says its a Creative Audigy, it is still onboard sound nevertheless. And all onboards that are attached to the mobo utilizes the CPU to power it up, because it has no core of its own whatsoever.
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Its going to be a tight, hottttt fit if you are running SLI with a soundcard. Looking at that boards layout, your sound card would almost block the bottom graphic card's fan completely. That is unless you can use that orange slot for the SC. But if I remember right, its used for some propriatary MSI hardware.
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Yeah what does it mean reserved as a communication slot for this MOBO. I hadn't heard of that? I'm gonna go get the X-FI (it's going on sale )

Communication slot is there something from MSI i need for that???
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To me, the jump in sound quality is much more important than taking the load off the cpu. the X-fi sounds awesome. i haven't regretted my purchase.
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