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A friend gave me his Steelseries 5Hv2 usb sound card because he actually has a dedicated card. It was originally going to be used with my laptop but now that I actually have a good desktop I figured I should ask first. I know that usb cards are not that good and even a crappy dedicated is better than a usb card, but would it be better than the onboard that i have on my P5K deluxe?
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Usb's can be pretty hit or miss. Even a good one is no good for gaming though (if that's what you're considering). One likely benefit you MIGHT get over onboard is less static, but you need some decent speakers... and ears, to hear the difference in most cases. I'd test it, and if you can actually hear a difference than the answer is clear. Otherwise stick with onboard.
 

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Well, the usb uses C-media USB Headphone Set and the onboard is realtek HD. we'll see how thing turn out

I think of the two, the Realtek would probably be better, unless you're experiencing popping or something.
 
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