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January 26, 2007 12:42:17 AM

Do I need a Sound card with this system to hear all the sounds I would expect from a game, dvd, mp3 or any standard program?

Motherboard $200-$350
GigaByte GA-965P-DQ6 (rev. 2.0)
http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/Motherboard/Product...

CPU $320
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E6600 CPU
http://indigo.intel.com/compare_cpu/default.aspx?family...

Graphics Card $600
GigaByte GV-NX88X768H-RH GeForce 8800 GTX
http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/VGA/Products_Overvi...

Memory $260
Corsair TWIN2X2048-6400C4 DDR2 800MHZ (2 Gigs Total)
http://www.corsair.com/corsair/products/specs/TWIN2X204...

Hard Drive $200
Western Digital Raptor WD1500AHFDRTL SATA 150GB 16MB Cache Hard Drive
http://www.westerndigital.com/en/products/Products.asp?...

Case $160
Thermaltake Armor VA8003BWS
http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/product/Chassis/fulltower...

PSU $230
PC Power & Cooling SILENCER® 750 QUAD
http://www.pcpower.com/products/viewproduct.php?show=S7...

Cooling for CPU $50
Zalman CNPS9500 LED CPU Cooler Retail
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...

Optical Drive $100
Samsung SH-S183L
http://www.samsung.com/Products/OpticalDiscDrive/DVDWri...

OS
Windows XP
www.microsoft.com

TOTAL $2270 + TAX

Future Upgrades

Quad Core
(2) R600
(additional) 2 Gigs RAM
(additional) WD Raptor X
Liquid Cooling
Windows Vista
January 26, 2007 1:19:49 AM

That motherboard has on-board sound, so with a set of speakers (or headphones), you should be good to go. The "8 channel high-definition audio" on the manufacturer's page is the thing to look for.

Clint
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February 11, 2007 1:02:56 AM

Oh great, I just posted "the dumbest question the forumz has ever seen" too. Fortunately I only have a 8800GTS, so I am less accountable. Very similar rig in most other aspects though: Tt Armor, 2G XMS 800, I went with two 320G Seagate in raid 0 though.
February 11, 2007 2:12:38 AM

i had to get a soundcard anyways cuz i needed 2 outputs, one for headset one for speakers

i got a 5.1 dolby digital one, imo these are kick ass(all dolby cards) and better then even xifi
February 12, 2007 7:35:13 PM

If that was the dumbest question in the forums the level would be pretty high I guess.
February 20, 2007 12:43:46 PM

You DON'T NEED a soundcard, but difference between on-board audio and eg. X-FI is simply uncomparable. I tried it out, playing Oblivion and some other games...
Man! It's a world of difference...
February 20, 2007 1:20:11 PM

the motherboard has a soundcard, already on the board. so no need for an other one, unless you want premium sound quality.
onboard soundcards take a little of your ram, and a little CPU power, and sometimes it happens it gets interference (a soft zmmm, on the sound) because it's so "close" to the other components on the mobo.

but hey, i use the onboard too!!
February 20, 2007 1:28:05 PM

Depends, you don't necessarily need a sound card because the onboard will provide basic audio. But if you want to crank up the ear candy in games, you would need a sound card with hardware acceleration, such as creative labs X-Fi.

Btw that was far from the dumbest question on the forum, that's what the forum is here for. :wink:

This was probably the dumbest question on the forums, followed closely by "What CPU would Jesus use?"
February 20, 2007 2:21:15 PM

The onboard sounds are pretty good these day... However, Realtek has been busted for not supporting EAX, even tho they say otherwise... As long as that doesn't bother ya...

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February 20, 2007 2:40:46 PM

You do not need a sound card, but one thing that is crucial that you missed...speakers.
February 20, 2007 2:49:14 PM

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You do not need a sound card, but one thing that is crucial that you missed...speakers.


Yeah good point!
get some nice speakers too, or you could do like my setup,
connect the 5.1 system to a nice reciever from yamaha, so i can play 5.1 DVD-s on my computer with surround sound, much better than any 5.1 logitec or other set.
February 20, 2007 3:24:55 PM

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i had to get a soundcard anyways cuz i needed 2 outputs, one for headset one for speakers

i got a 5.1 dolby digital one, imo these are kick ass(all dolby cards) and better then even xifi


why you get a 2nd sound card and not a mini-rca splitter? simple cable costs $4.
February 20, 2007 4:00:40 PM

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You DON'T NEED a soundcard, but difference between on-board audio and eg. X-FI is simply uncomparable. I tried it out, playing Oblivion and some other games...
Man! It's a world of difference...


Even the difference between the Audigy2 and X-Fi Elite is unbelieveable.. and I tried a M-Audio DTS 5.1 card and wasn't impressed.. sounded cleaner than the Audigy2 but I preferred the X-Fi Elite easily over both of them. This is using Logitech Z-5500 speakers..
February 20, 2007 4:25:58 PM

As long as you don't need to use a microphone you'll be good. The onboard sound doesn't have enough gain to use a microphone.
February 20, 2007 4:27:45 PM

says who? I have used the board with Team Speak and it works fine.
February 20, 2007 4:30:59 PM

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says who? I have used the board with Team Speak and it works fine.


Says me numbnuts. I couldn't get my DQ6 to work with teamspeak without having to scream into the microphone. I bought a Creative Soundblaster X-fi extreme music and now I gab speak into the microphone without shouting
February 20, 2007 4:34:58 PM

I actually use the onboard sound instead of my Xi-Fi for my mic in Teamspeak.

The reason is I have "what you hear" set up for its mic, and switch back and forth when I want everyone to hear what I am hearing.

I think you got a mic with bad gain. I use a basic logitec.
February 20, 2007 4:46:18 PM

I use onboard sound plugged into my 7.1 Pioneer reciever.

I also use a mic. The motherboard is a A8R-MVP. I use a 10yr old mic, and no one complains about not being able to hear me on source. If its quiet, make sure you've turned the gain/boost up.
February 20, 2007 5:37:33 PM

This is a sore point with me. They used to put separate dedicated onboard processors for sound, as NF2 Soundstorm, and it worked fine. Now I need a separate card for the same sound, never mind the cost, heat and all that, what bothers me is a lot of new MB's that I would otherwise consider have gone to providing 2 and in some cases only 1 PCI slot. If you have soundcard and something like a modem or network card, that's it. Does anybody have experience with a MB that also has excellent 5.1 sound?
February 20, 2007 5:42:15 PM

Gigabyte is not bad for 5.1. Actually, I think most will be the same quality though I would prefer optical out with onboard decoding of THX/DTS signals.


As for lack of PCI... ya thats the way things are. They dont expect you to have


Modem
Tuner card
Good Sound card
2nd graphics card
2nd nic card
raid card
............ you get my point. Looks like if you want to hang on to the idea of PCI, you need to chose great old motherboards.
February 20, 2007 6:18:17 PM

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you get my point. Looks like if you want to hang on to the idea of PCI, you need to chose great old motherboards.


What really gets me is how cheap they would be to include. They take up valuable real estate, but some new MB's have slots for 6 SATA and 2 PATA drives, who has a case that huge?
February 20, 2007 7:09:20 PM

No you dont as the mobo has onboard sound. To answer the follow up question, yes you do need speakers :roll:
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