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July 27, 2012 7:34:40 PM

So today im planning to go out and buy a new speaker system to replace my 2.1 30W system :p 
(http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX30674)

so im wondering if i should stick in a sound card, if it's worth it of course
i have realtek HD audio btw
im looking at a few, but i have no clue what im looking at because i've never worked with audio before lol
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX33909
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX40246

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July 27, 2012 8:04:34 PM

The audio card will allow u to play the sound louder, but still cleaner than mobo chip.

I like these PCIE cards.
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX40246
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July 27, 2012 8:23:02 PM

nikorr said:
The audio card will allow u to play the sound louder, but still cleaner than mobo chip.

I like these PCIE cards.
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX40246


hmm, i think so far the sound has been clean enough for me hehe, so i think i shall stick with the integrated chip
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July 27, 2012 8:24:03 PM

Best answer selected by nna2.
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July 27, 2012 8:41:06 PM

As long as u like it. If its not broken, don't fix it : )
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July 27, 2012 8:41:14 PM

How do you know if the sound is better or worse without hearing it? I bought a Sound Blaster earlier this year and thought it was so much better then Integrated realtek. I was using the card with 2.1 speakers, but used it more with headphones. Anyway, after reading in some forums the dislike of the SB card. I ended up buying an ASUS DX, planning to return the one I didn`t like. Basically, an at home 2 week trial of all my own. Ok, I still have the ASUS DX. This card is just awesome. I believe the sound to be clearer without distortion, background noise, I am overall very pleased with the rich sound of the DX.
With all that said, I would suggest at least trying a card. I`m willing to bet you too will be pleasantly surprised what you`ve been missing.
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July 27, 2012 8:44:48 PM

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How do you know if the sound is better or worse without hearing it? I bought a Sound Blaster earlier this year and thought it was so much better then Integrated realtek. I was using the card with 2.1 speakers, but used it more with headphones. Anyway, after reading in some forums the dislike of the SB card. I ended up buying an ASUS DX, planning to return the one I didn`t like. Basically, an at home 2 week trial of all my own. Ok, I still have the ASUS DX. This card is just awesome. I believe the sound to be clearer without distortion, background noise, I am overall very pleased with the rich sound of the DX.
With all that said, I would suggest at least trying a card. I`m willing to bet you too will be pleasantly surprised what you`ve been missing.


bear in mind i never ever use headphones when on my PC, i may buy one when i can afford a mid level one
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July 27, 2012 8:46:56 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here`s a DG on sale at the egg w/rebate = $20. How much are you looking to spend on speakers? Hmm...consider adding 20 dollars to your speaker purchase.

Search w/google or elsewhere - ASUS DG review.
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July 27, 2012 8:48:11 PM

With good speakers or headset,

u can hear separation of instruments that is normally not there.

I like it loud and clear. My friend is a DJ,

so sometimes I get to listen through really good headset,

that I would never buy, because of the $$$.
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July 27, 2012 8:51:21 PM

Quote:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here`s a DG on sale at the egg w/rebate = $20. How much are you looking to spend on speakers? Hmm...consider adding 20 dollars to your speaker purchase.

Search w/google or elsewhere - ASUS DG review.


i cannot view american newegg links anymore sorry lol

they are selling $220 1000W home theatre systems nearby, but i find that to be way overkill for what im doing
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July 27, 2012 8:52:30 PM

nikorr said:
With good speakers or headset,

u can hear separation of instruments that is normally not there.

I like it loud and clear. My friend is a DJ,

so sometimes I get to listen through really good headset,

that I would never buy, because of the $$$.


ok, i only currently have around 140 to play with so i think im gonna hold off on that since it's not nessicary to have a sound card
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Anonymous
July 27, 2012 8:52:36 PM

Ok, i`m done here and moving on, but couldn`t help but notice that I just linked a card OP had already found. sorry about that, but it is a decent entry level card - yes, better than integrated. While I own the DX, a friend from work went with the DG and it sounds great.


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July 27, 2012 8:52:56 PM

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Ok, i`m done here and moving on, but couldn`t help but notice that I just linked a card OP had already found. sorry about that, but it is a decent entry level card - yes, better than integrated. While I own the DX, a friend from work went with the DG and it sounds great.


i wasn't trying to be offensive btw, i clicked on the canadian newegg link and it will now redirect me to the canadian site automatically
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July 27, 2012 8:53:35 PM

SSD can give u some pleasure too : ))

Unless u have one already.
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July 27, 2012 8:54:38 PM

nikorr said:
SSD can give u some pleasure too : ))

Unless u have one already.


i do, 320 series from intel :) 
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July 27, 2012 8:57:41 PM

So u know than, ....
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July 27, 2012 8:57:56 PM

hmm, i guess one that isnt limited by SATA 3GB would be nice too....
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July 28, 2012 4:27:13 AM

well i bought them, the bass is fantastic, had a 2 hour long Company of Heroes match to test em out, they sound fantastic

when i went into the store i was told this about a sound card
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a 20 dollar sound card will have no benefit over your integrated sound card, to get any benefit you would have to spend around 100 dollars


so there seems to be tons of debate over this subject lol
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July 28, 2012 5:36:10 AM

nna2 said:
when i went into the store i was told this about a sound card
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a 20 dollar sound card will have no benefit over your integrated sound card, to get any benefit you would have to spend around 100 dollars


so there seems to be tons of debate over this subject lol
That's because sound quality is so subjective but, for the most part I agree with the store.

Although I would probably add: after you spend $100 or more on a better sound card you would also now want to upgrade your speakers or headphones to take advantage of the sound card.

Your speakers and your on board sound are probably a pretty good match.
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