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September 26, 2011 10:50:25 AM

Hi, I am just about to buy my computer and was wondering if i need a sound card?

This is my MoBo, - http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

and this is my Gpu - http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

I will be using this headset too - http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

I will also not be using speakers, just the gaming headset which is 7.1!

Do i need a sound card for this setup/headset? I still want really clear sound and to be able to tell where my opponents are in games like BF3 and MW3! Will i get optimal sound that wond be to noticable with this headset and motherboard?

Thanks :D 

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September 26, 2011 11:03:34 AM

No, you don't need an additional sound card. The on-board audio and USB drivers for the headset will be more than sufficient to meet your needs. Good luck!
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September 26, 2011 12:03:16 PM

COLGeek said:
No, you do need an additional sound card. The on-board audio and USB drivers for the headset will be more than sufficient to meet your needs. Good luck!


Are you sure? So you don't think that one of these http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... would be worth it in my case? There on-board audio is really that good or good enough for those games?

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September 26, 2011 12:08:41 PM

Depends. To me, not having a soundcard is like not playing a game with AA enabled. You can, but the game looks a lot worse without AA enabled. Same logic behind a soundcard really.

That being said, you can't use a soundcard with any USB audio device, so if you plan to use that headset, there is no point to using a soundcard.
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September 26, 2011 12:23:46 PM

gamerk316 said:
Depends. To me, not having a soundcard is like not playing a game with AA enabled. You can, but the game looks a lot worse without AA enabled. Same logic behind a soundcard really.

That being said, you can't use a soundcard with any USB audio device, so if you plan to use that headset, there is no point to using a soundcard.


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September 26, 2011 12:30:42 PM

I think it really comes down to your "ear",as most people don't hear a big difference and what kind of gaming you do most of the time. FPS will benefit from a separate card, though it won't give you an "edge" regarding sound placement (as in I heard him come up behind me) as much as it will just be more immersive. The surround will be a bit better with a real sound card and your lows (bass like explosions) and highs (more prominent on music than movies or gaming) will seem fuller. I switched to a x-fi from on board for music mostly and I can't say I hear a big difference on something like star craft 2 but when I am watching movies and listening to music there is a definitely an improvement.
If music isn't that important, then it depends on your budget and your rig. I think your typical gamer would benefit from sinking that money into more ram or a better GPU if budget is an issue.
sorry for the poor train fo thought, still need coffee
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September 26, 2011 12:32:41 PM

sorry I just looked at your specs and your GPU does not need improvement. Depending on what else you are using, more ram or maybe a SSD boot drive might make a bigger impact.
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September 26, 2011 1:47:39 PM

Thank you every one for the help, I will only be playing games on my rig like FPS games so i guess i don't need one.

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September 26, 2011 1:48:12 PM

Thank you every one for the help, I will only be playing games on my rig like FPS games so i guess i don't need one.

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September 26, 2011 2:17:27 PM

To reiterate, you don't need an additional sound card. If you want one, it will improve overall performance (if you get tge right card), but in the OP's case, it isn't necessary at all. The OP will be using USB sound via a Logitech headset.
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October 7, 2011 12:59:18 AM

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