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October 18, 2013 9:40:31 AM

Hi
I have AsRock Fatal1ty professional motherboard, which has an on-board audio called Realtek ALC898 (I think) and also I use a cheap Sony mdr-nc8 headsets for gaming.
should I buy a sound card or there won't be any difference with my current headsets?
also if I were to buy a better headsets, will the on-board audio be enough or not?
again, for gaming.

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October 18, 2013 10:26:47 AM

maddogfargo said:
ALC 898 is an excellent on-board CODEC. Even if you bought some of the best high end soundcards you would only get something equal, maybe marginally better. Not worth it IMO.

Source: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Audio-Codec-Comp...

Then I'm better off spending the money on a better headsets, right?
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October 18, 2013 4:31:12 PM

Your audio is only as good as it's weakest link. For a cheap pair of headphones like the ones you use, on board audio is more than adequate; a sound card will not make poor headphones sound better.

On board audio is typically poor compared to a sound card, although on board is a lot better then it used to be. ALC892 is mediocre anyway too.


What is your budget?

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October 18, 2013 6:44:03 PM

edogawa said:
Your audio is only as good as it's weakest link. For a cheap pair of headphones like the ones you use, on board audio is more than adequate; a sound card will not make poor headphones sound better.

On board audio is typically poor compared to a sound card, although on board is a lot better then it used to be. ALC892 is mediocre anyway too.


What is your budget?



my budget is around 80~100$, I will spend it on a headset OR on a sound card, but since you said that a better sound card won't make a poor headset sound better, I'm guessing I should spend it on a headset, maybe some $100 Razer headset?
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October 19, 2013 10:49:22 AM

Razer is horrible, but if you want something that will just be out of the box simple and look "nerdy," then by all means go Razer.

I recommend you look at these pages for good headphone choices; it will help you get a general idea of what to get in your price range.

http://www.head-fi.org/a/headphone-buying-guide



http://www.head-fi.org/t/534479/mad-lust-envys-headphon...


Black Friday is coming up so you can probably get some good deals on headphones.

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