I am about to build a new PC for gaming and was wondering if I should use the on-board sound or buy a dedicated card. Currently I am looking at either an ASRock z77 Extreme 9 (when they are released) or an Asus Sabertooth Z77 for the motherboard.
In the past I have always used dedicated cards but I was wondering if on-board has finally caught up. My current PC uses a X-Fi Fatality FPS. My speakers are Klipsch ProMedia Ultra 5.1
So if on-board is not good what should I get to pair with the Klipsch? 90% of its use will be gaming - Skyrim, SC2, Diablo III
To answer your question, some motherboards have good enough on-board audio, but your mobo is not one of them...
I'd go with a dedicated sound card if I were you. Even a 50$ one will be way better than what you have, especially since you have a good sound system.
What is a decent soundcard these days? I hear that the latest Creative cards are junk. The header of the sound card recommendation thread seems dated or has there just been nothing new? The thread itself was just too long to read