do motherboards come stock with a sound card? or will i have to buy it seperately?
Yes, motherboards come with a sound 'chip' or onboard sound. A software driver will need to be installed from the MB installation CD to use onboard sound. Some onboard sound chips are better than others. I have an MSI MB with a built in Creative Sound Blaster digital 24 bit chip. If you are looking for super high quality, state of the art digital sound for your PC, you will want to invest in a high performance type add on sound card.