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Do I need a sound card?

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January 12, 2014 6:55:18 PM

First time build. Do I need to get a sound card? Or will headphones etc work without one?
Are they only for making sound better?

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January 12, 2014 6:57:57 PM

You will be fine without a sound card, modern boards come with a good enough one built in that most people would never be able to tell you the difference between the integrated sound card and a $200 one.
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January 12, 2014 7:08:07 PM

most would not, unless your ears are sensitive enough.
my setup, asus xonar (forgot the model) which i use for my speakers, and corsair 2100 wireless headset (its usb so its not using my sound card)
i just switch from windows when using either headset or speakers, it saves me the pain of reaching behind the case to plug/unplug the speaker/headset jacks
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