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How Necessary is an audio card?

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July 3, 2012 3:18:28 AM

Audiocard, how important is it? How easy is it to install after a PC is already built?

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July 3, 2012 3:41:38 AM

lots of people say they're not needed but if you want better sound, toss one in. you'll need to know what kind of expansion slot you can put one in ( and have room for ) pci-e 1x/pci/pci-e 4x-8x, etc.
Kinda like putting your speakers on a more powerful amp compared to on board sound.
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July 3, 2012 4:08:50 AM

So if i'm using a headset most of the time, will the audio card really matter?
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July 3, 2012 4:09:53 AM

There's little reason with the modern onboard sound to get a sound card - it does very little unless you're a fairly picky audiophile.

The only reasons I would install one:
1. I got it for free (which actually is the case for me, I got a good one free)
2. I had a specific need for a certain type of input/output that only the sound card could provide.

You're unlikely to hear any difference unless you have a crazy speaker setup (THX certified and beyond) and are a careful listener/have good hearing.

That said, they are very easy to install if you've ever opened a PC (provided you have an open slot..and it's not a small form factor PC).
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July 3, 2012 4:10:09 AM

Kermheat said:
So if i'm using a headset most of the time, will the audio card really matter?


No, not at all.
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July 3, 2012 4:17:17 AM

Best answer selected by kermheat.
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