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Should I purchase a sound card or use on-board sound components?

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April 17, 2010 6:49:14 PM

Hi Guys.
This is the first time I’m using Toms Hardware.
Can someone please help me determining if a sound card is a worthwhile investment! I have just purchased the Acoustic Energy Aego M 2.1 Speaker System, which i do have to mention is awesome. I am currently using the on-board sound controller on my ASUS P6T motherboard. I don’t have much knowledge when it comes to sound cards because i have always used on-board sound controller.

Would i notice a massive improvement by purchasing a good sound card? At the moment I use my PC for listening to music, watching movies and playing games.

Any advice would be grateful.

Thank you for taking the time to read this tread.
April 17, 2010 7:19:32 PM

Thanks SAAIELLO.
Great insight into sound cards.
Based on what was mentioned I will be purchasing one. Can someone please recommend me a sound card that I will not be disappointed with?
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April 17, 2010 7:29:34 PM

How much you looking to spend?
April 17, 2010 7:34:35 PM

Sub £100.00
April 17, 2010 7:37:06 PM

qasam said:
Sub £100.00



ASUS Xonar D2 7.1 $179.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional $159.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Creative X-Fi Titanium $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


HT | OMEGA STRIKER 7.1 $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Those are a few of my favorites and will give you some really nice sound.

The HT OMEGA striker would be my choice.
April 17, 2010 8:20:00 PM

This is an interesting thread.... I figured the onboard audio was just as good but I suppose I was wrong.

What if you are just using a headset, or headphones? Will the audio differ greatly as well?
April 18, 2010 11:45:26 AM

Been looking online for sound cards and I found the Asus Xonar DX. Is this a quality card?
April 18, 2010 2:24:11 PM

it should also be noted, you will get the most out of your soundcard, if u have gd speakers too,
more differences will be noticed :) 
April 18, 2010 2:25:06 PM

yes asus xonar DX is very very good card for teh price.

by the way what speakers/headphone are u planning to partner it with?
April 18, 2010 4:16:33 PM

Great.
I currently have Acoustic Energy Aego M 2.1 Speaker System that will go with this sound card.
April 18, 2010 8:37:26 PM

yeah you should notice differences with those speakers.
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