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Do i need a Sound Card?

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December 19, 2013 9:50:36 AM


I currently use the Onboard sound on my z77 asus sabertooth. Ive noticed it performs about as good as my old x-fi gamer sound card from Years back (new rig not using this sound card only onboard).

I currently have 5.1 speakers(old Logitech) and a 5.1 headset. I was thinking about getting one of the Asus sound cards with a new headset (currently have the Cool Master Sirus first gen Headset). New Headset is kind of worn after about 1.5 years.

A) Do I need a sound card over my Onboard sound, is there a benefit or absolute reason as to why I should get one?
B) Can you please give a Recommendation for headsets w/mic for gaming purposes.

Thank you all in advance

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a b Ĉ ASUS
December 19, 2013 9:55:28 AM

A) no
B) I have the logitec G430 headset I got for really really cheap from a friend that I love.
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a b Ĉ ASUS
December 19, 2013 10:00:16 AM

no you don't need one.

while a quality sound card may offer better sound, the difference is minimal and almost not differentiable to the average consumer (unless using professional equipment)

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a b Ĉ ASUS
December 19, 2013 10:04:06 AM

Todays on-board sound is pretty much good at work, so there's no need to get a sound card. But it will entirely depend on your choice.

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Headphones: Logitech G930 7.1 Channel Headset ($97.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $97.99
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