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April 14, 2010 3:21:15 PM

I really don't know a lot a out sound cards, but I didn't know if my motherboard (actually I'm looking at two, one for an Intel processor and one for an AMD) had onboard sound or if I needed a separate card.The reason I'm asking is because I see the places on the motherboard where speakers, etc. can be plugged in, but I don't know if that means the board has sound, or those are just the connection spots. Here are my motherboards:
ASUS P6TD Deluxe http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131403&cm_re=ASUS_P6TD_Deluxe-_-13-131-403-_-Product
M4A79T Deluxe http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131363&cm_re=M4A79T_Deluxe-_-13-131-363-_-Product

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a b V Motherboard
April 14, 2010 3:24:27 PM

All motherboards these days come with onboard sound The Intel board has an ADI chip and the AMD board has a Realtek chip. I think ADI is a little better then Realtek but it still is onboard sound and if you are an audiophile you will not be happy with onboard sound.

If you need more info on sound cards check out my thread.
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/279364-28-sound-card
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April 14, 2010 3:27:34 PM

I would like the sound for normal computer use sounds and perhaps listening to some music. Not a lot of noise, but I still want it to work. Do you think it will work fine? Maybe I should get it and if I'm not happy with the quality I could buy a sound card later?
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April 14, 2010 3:29:07 PM

That's exactly what I'd do. The on-board sound works just fine for most normal users. Like you said, if you're not happy with the quality you can always add a sound card later. My guess is the on-board sound will work just fine for you.
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April 14, 2010 3:42:12 PM

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October 6, 2011 7:01:28 PM

Hi people :)  lately ive been having a problem with my sound for Windows 7 Alien ware computer. I have bought many speakers to try on and i even reinstalled my computer to start all over but the sound is still too low!!! if anyone has fixed this problem please please email me at roxanadarkangel@hotmail.com i appreciate whatever help i can get, thank you
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