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Do You Need A Sound Card?

HI! I was wondering if you need a sound card to have ANY sound, or if I build a computer, will there be some sort of headphone jack or something? How does it work!
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  1. Nope, the motherboards today all have built-in sound cards. Only people who do sound editing should really buy an entirely separate sound card. Motherboards have HD sound that is perfectly fine.
  2. As turkey explained, most mobos now-a-days come with pre-installed sound processing hardware.
    Mobos as cheap $50 can offer the same performance you would get from a $40 sound card anyways!

    If you buy a motherboard, it will have headphone/mic jacks on the back for your sound system.
    And most mobos and cases will allow you to have front mounted jacks for mics and headphones as well.
  3. A_Goat said:
    As turkey explained, most mobos now-a-days come with pre-installed sound processing hardware.
    Mobos as cheap $50 can offer the same performance you would get from a $40 sound card anyways!

    If you buy a motherboard, it will have headphone/mic jacks on the back for your sound system.
    And most mobos and cases will allow you to have front mounted jacks for mics and headphones as well.


    I'll be that guy and disagree! There are plenty of mobo's sold around 50 dollars to this day that come with the Realtek ALC 892 codec. These are simply poor and need a Xonar DG soundcard to improve sound quality. Not all 50 dollar mobo's come with the ''poor'' sound quality though, some have good quality codecs build in! Usually the ALC 1150 is good enough.

    If you have headphones really capable of reproducing high-end studio quality then consider buying a DAC+AMP. The good ones are expensive but as an audiophile this is usually totally worth it. You won't get the best out of a high-end headphone simply with a good motherboard.
  4. Yep.

    (You generally need really good desktop speakers to benefit from a more expensive sound card. Modern onboard sound is quite good now especially motherboards like the Asus Maximus Hero VII which add in neat features like Surround Audio to stereo headphones.)

    Most people do THIS:

    1) PC speakers to the motherboards GREEN audio output (stereo) or other cables if Surround speakers, or

    2) PC speakers to motherboards DIGITAL TOSLINK audio output. (if speakers support digital input)

    Headphones:
    1) Front of case, or

    2) Speaker headphone output (Needs speaker on at all times)

    Other:
    USB headphones are a complete solution
  5. photonboy said:
    Yep.

    (You generally need really good desktop speakers to benefit from a more expensive sound card. Modern onboard sound is quite good now especially motherboards like the Asus Maximus Hero VII which add in neat features like Surround Audio to stereo headphones.)

    Most people do THIS:

    1) PC speakers to the motherboards GREEN audio output (stereo) or other cables if Surround speakers, or

    2) PC speakers to motherboards DIGITAL TOSLINK audio output. (if speakers support digital input)

    Headphones:
    1) Front of case, or

    2) Speaker headphone output (Needs speaker on at all times)

    Other:
    USB headphones are a complete solution


    ok, does this motherboard have a built in sound card? http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hGq8yc
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    Tank36 said:
    photonboy said:
    Yep.

    (You generally need really good desktop speakers to benefit from a more expensive sound card. Modern onboard sound is quite good now especially motherboards like the Asus Maximus Hero VII which add in neat features like Surround Audio to stereo headphones.)

    Most people do THIS:

    1) PC speakers to the motherboards GREEN audio output (stereo) or other cables if Surround speakers, or

    2) PC speakers to motherboards DIGITAL TOSLINK audio output. (if speakers support digital input)

    Headphones:
    1) Front of case, or

    2) Speaker headphone output (Needs speaker on at all times)

    Other:
    USB headphones are a complete solution


    ok, does this motherboard have a built in sound card? http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hGq8yc


    Yes.
    You will not need a separate sound card for that mobo.
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