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June 22, 2012 10:30:39 PM

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-S...

Would buying a sound card be worth it if my speakers are this cheap? Thanks in advance!

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June 23, 2012 12:15:59 AM

Hi :) 

Specs ?

All the best Brett :) 
June 23, 2012 12:35:48 AM

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.
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June 23, 2012 1:54:24 AM

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=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

OCZ Gold 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2G8004GK
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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=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

I don't remember which brand of DVD drive I bought, and I also use a random generic SSD for an OS drive.

June 23, 2012 1:55:15 AM

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?
June 24, 2012 10:55:12 PM

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
July 9, 2012 9:56:31 AM

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
July 9, 2012 2:59:56 PM

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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