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June 8, 2010 5:41:53 PM

Hey guys, I just ordered the Logitech X-540 speakers for my computer. I'm wondering, however, if these will sound fine if i plug them into my motherboard (MSI NF750-G55, link at bottom), or if i should buy a (cheap) sound card? I used up most of my "spendable" funds on the speakers so I'd have to get a very cheap sound card.

Anyway, here is the link to my mobo with it's specs: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And thanks for your help!
-Aaron
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June 8, 2010 6:08:20 PM

Onboard sound has improved quite a bit over the years, cheap sound cards are useless now, they tend to be worse than the onboard sound. Most people wont notice the difference between onboard sound and a high quality sound card, so its generally not worth the investment unless you consider yourself an audiophile.
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June 8, 2010 6:17:09 PM

hunter315 said:
Onboard sound has improved quite a bit over the years, cheap sound cards are useless now, they tend to be worse than the onboard sound. Most people wont notice the difference between onboard sound and a high quality sound card, so its generally not worth the investment unless you consider yourself an audiophile.


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Onboard sound is superb, unless you are doing professional recording/production.
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June 8, 2010 6:50:10 PM

Thanks for the quick replies guys! I'm not really an audiophile, I got these mostly for movies and gaming, though I'll listen to music on them as well sometimes.

Will my onboard be able to recognize the different speakers (sub, fronts, rears, center) and send the sounds to them appropriately?
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June 8, 2010 6:56:09 PM

Yes, your motherboard says it supports 8 channels, there should be 6 audio jacks of different colors on the back of your motherboard, your motherboard manual should tell you which speakers get connected to each one.
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June 8, 2010 9:08:44 PM

As you can see in the picture below, all the speakers plug into the back of the subwoofer. My PC only has 4 actual "ports": center, rear, sides and the standard green line out. Should I just plug the green one into the line-out and have the rest plugged into the back of the sub? This seems more confusing than when I built the actual computer haha.

http://techgage.com/reviews/logitech/x-540/logitech_x54...
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June 8, 2010 9:27:59 PM

The top 3 audio jacks on the speaker are inputs, looking through the pictures on newegg it appears that it comes with 3 male-male audio cables to carry the green front line, the black rear left/right, and the orange sub/center signal.
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