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Onboard audio v. Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE 7.1

I'm buying a new computer, and am also wavering whether to buy a dedicated sound card or not. I have these Phillips MMS171 2.1 speakers and will have this Asus P8P67-M motherboard. With these two pieces of hardware, am I even going to hear any difference if I buy the Sound Blaster rather than just stick with the plain old onboard sound card?

Thanks in advance.
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  1. On my motherboard, I got rid of the Creative X-Fi card and am now using the on-board sound. The Bose desktop speakers sound fine.

    Checkout the on-board sound before you buy the sound card.
  2. Yeah, I guess that would be the most sensible option, the only "problem" is someone else is building the system for me, as I just don't know how to do it myself. Therefore I was hoping to make that decision prior to getting that done.
  3. Checkout the on-board sound first. To add a sound card, if you need one, is a simple task.

    My ears are not good enough to pick out subtle differences in sound quality. That's why I suggested that you checkout the on-board sound first.
  4. Yeah, I guess, although I always seem to just get used to the sound, whatever it is. I listen to music all the time, though, so that's why I was thinking of maybe actually trying to get used to a better quality of sound, if that makes sense.

    And as for adding a sound card, I don't know, I've never done it before, and am a bit apprehensive of my skills. I guess I could do it, but then, since I live in Canada, shipping costs are going to amount to a third of the final price.
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    Here are some sound cards from Newegg Canada: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=sound+card+pci&x=15&y=33

    Creative is a good brand.

    I am not trying to talk you into installing this on your own. Decide after you watch some videos on YouTube regarding PCI card installation. Familiarity with PCI slots is a must.

    There is an advantage of buying the PC with the sound card installed. That is, in case of any malfunction, you can refer the matter to the builder (store).
  6. Best answer selected by Ryker.
  7. Alright, thanks for the help. I decided to go with the sound card, and got it for a reduced price of about $24. I haven't received the computer yet, so I can't comment on the difference in sound.
  8. Onboard sound is fine unless you have highish or high end speakers, save the money and use the onboard sound.
  9. Yeah, like I said, I already bought it now.
  10. Ah, didn't see that sorry
  11. Thank you! For $24 you can't go wrong with a good sound card! Enjoy it.
  12. lol
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