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

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.
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  2. 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?
  3. How much you looking to spend?
  4. Sub £100.00
  5. qasam said:
    Sub £100.00

    ASUS Xonar D2 7.1 $179.99

    Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional $159.99

    Creative X-Fi Titanium $99.99

    HT | OMEGA STRIKER 7.1 $89.99

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

    The HT OMEGA striker would be my choice.
  6. 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?
  7. Been looking online for sound cards and I found the Asus Xonar DX. Is this a quality card?
  8. 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 :)
  9. 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?
  10. Great.
    I currently have Acoustic Energy Aego M 2.1 Speaker System that will go with this sound card.
  11. yeah you should notice differences with those speakers.
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