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do i need a sound card?

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June 6, 2013 4:54:24 AM

im planning on getting and asus z78 pro motherboard. Do i need a sound card or will the motherboard be good enough?

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June 6, 2013 5:00:23 AM

That depends entirely on what you are expecting in terms of sound quality. Unless you have audiophile speakers (and ears!) I don't think you would notice a difference between the two. My recommendation is to try the built-in sound first, then if needed, get a sound card.
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June 6, 2013 5:40:07 AM

Unless you have a very expensive set of headphones or a 5.1/7.1 speaker setup, wouldn't bother with an expensive sound card. Most I would recommend is an ASUS Xonar DGX (~$30) if your using sub-$100 headphones, more for the headphone amp than any increase in audio quality.
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