WHich is better?

I am getting a new mobo and cpu, and I want to know if I should continue using my SB Live Platinum pci card for sound or if I should use the onboard. Which will give me better performance/sound quality?

Here is what I am getting:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813123240

Thanks for any advice.
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  1. Your sound card will give you better sound and will also take a load off the CPU.
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    Your sound card will give you better sound and will also take a load off the CPU.

    Thanks Evongugg. The card is about 7-8 years old, so I wasn't sure if the technology on the mobo would be better.
  3. being that the MOBO uses a Via chipset whcih is not known for "Hi Def" sound, I would get the sound card.
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    being that the MOBO uses a Via chipset whcih is not known for "Hi Def" sound, I would get the sound card.


    So, let say that I don't really care about the sound "quality" but I am more concerned with the performance. Does my SB Live Platinum actually remove stress from the CPU? Or is it one of those cards that uses the CPU as it DSP? And on that note, does the onboard use the CPU? IF so, then I am definately better off using the SB card, since it will sound better.

    Thanks again.
  5. Here are the specs for that on-board sound:

    http://www.realtek.com.tw/products/productsView.aspx?Langid=1&PNid=23&PFid=30&Level=5&Conn=4&ProdID=57

    Not too impressive. Realtek audio has always been problematic for me.

    If anything I would recommend a different mobo but I'm not sure what your applications are and there are different sections of the forumz for that kind of stuff. Of course with almost ANY motherboard out there I would probably still recommend using the creative solution over onboard.
  6. Your not going to find many motherboards at all with anything besides realtek on board sound. just FYI
  7. Quote:
    I am getting a new mobo and cpu, and I want to know if I should continue using my SB Live Platinum pci card for sound or if I should use the onboard. Which will give me better performance/sound quality?

    Here is what I am getting:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813123240

    Thanks for any advice.


    You will definitely be better off with your sb live platnium,hells bells i'm using a sb live 5.1 with my logitech speakers ,see no reason to change...:)
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