On board sound or SB Audigy 2?

I am building a new I7 X58 Windows 7 64 bit system. I am using an EVGA X58 SLI mobo. I have an Audigy 2 in my existing computer that I could install in the new system.

Should I install the Audigy 2 or use the onboard sound? Are the Audigy 2 drivers stable on Windows 7? Should I just buy a new sound card instead or is on board good enough at this point? Back in the day a seperate sound card was great because it took the load off of the cpu. I know that isn't important nowadays.

I mainly use the computer for gaming with Logitech Z5500 speakers.
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  1. Until about a month ago i had my old Audigy 2-ZS in a new Win7 build.
    And yes it sounded better then my ALC 889 onboard.
    Problem was i could never get the full suite with all the goodies to install.
    Still sounded better then onboard though on Z5300's.
    Btw i replaced the Audigy card only because i found a really good deal on the Auzentech X-Plosion card for $35 and it has Win7 drivers.
    Btw it sounds even better then the Audigy did.
    If you're like me and it sounds like you are onboard just doesn't cut it.
  2. I think I will get it up and running with the onboard sound then try out the Audigy 2 to see how/if it works.
  3. beekermartin said:
    I think I will get it up and running with the onboard sound then try out the Audigy 2 to see how/if it works.

    By all means it's worth the effort.
    I built my rig and added the Audigy about a week later.
    I think you'll notice the difference once you add yours as well.
  4. lol??? im sure it sounds worse then the onboard.... the specs dont lie.
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