How important are sound cards?

Sorry, I'm a little new to the sound card idea. I've always used on-board and found that it was good enough. But I have noticed that without headphones, turning the volume up on my speakers sometimes isn't enough to hear well.

These are my current speakers:

http://www.amazon.com/Philips-Multimedia-Speakers-2-0-System/product-reviews/B000HE5Q08/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

Would buying a sound card be worth it if my speakers are this cheap? Thanks in advance!
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  1. Hi :)

    Specs ?

    All the best Brett :)
  2. The answer is no.
    If you want louder sound then you need to buy better speakers. Sound cards put out line level voltage so changing the card will not effect how loud music is (much) whereas PC speakers have an amplifier with them and the amp is what makes them loud.
  3. Brett928S2 said:
    Hi :)

    Specs ?

    All the best Brett :)


    I wasn't sure if that would be important, but here goes :)

    BIOSTAR TA785G3 AM3 AMD 785G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138167

    AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Callisto 3.2GHz Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Desktop Processor
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103846

    OCZ Gold 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2G8004GK
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227199

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

    SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (100314-3L )
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102948&Tpk=sapphire%206870

    I don't remember which brand of DVD drive I bought, and I also use a random generic SSD for an OS drive.
  4. popatim said:
    The answer is no.
    If you want louder sound then you need to buy better speakers. Sound cards put out line level voltage so changing the card will not effect how loud music is (much) whereas PC speakers have an amplifier with them and the amp is what makes them loud.


    I see, I see. So I would want to buy better speakers first?

    What benefits do sound cards provide?
  5. What I know that benefits a person is:

    1) Off loads CPU load, so it makes your computer slightly faster. I hear it makes a huge difference when you have a cpu with 1 core otherwise i'm not sure you'll notice the speed difference.

    2) Surround Sound or at least better sound.

    I'm not an expert but that's what i read
  6. there's a definite improvement in sound quality by the use of sound cards,
    but you would need speakers of great quality to be able to notice the difference in sound quality
  7. maqsabre said:
    there's a definite improvement in sound quality by the use of sound cards,
    but you would need speakers of great quality to be able to notice the difference in sound quality


    I wouldn't say "great" quality. But $50 desktop speakers really won't improve much, as the soundcard will be putting out audio ranges the speakers simply can't replicate well. But anything above generic should see a significant improvement.
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