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Do i really need to buy a sound card?

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August 17, 2012 2:38:08 PM

Is a sound card really needed? I game and listen to musics alot but is it really essential?
Wouldnt the on board sound card be enough? The board will be ASUS P8Z77-V PRO

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August 17, 2012 2:45:00 PM

No not at all. The onboard sound os entirely sufficient.

Most peoples sound devices can not even play the quality that an added soundcard can produce.

Save money and don't get one.
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August 17, 2012 2:50:41 PM

Sound card is the only way to go. I used the on board audio, realtek for the last couple years. A friend bought a Sound Blaster for his and I was hooked. I bought the ASUS DX and it`s great. I primarily use headphones but do have 2.1 speakers. Obviously the first hook was the sound quality then the control through included utility. I`m sure i`ll always have a sound card from here out.
Absolutely an incredible difference
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August 17, 2012 2:52:57 PM

Unless you are trying to drive an Audiophile type amplifier and Audiophile speakers, (along with Audiophile Ears!), you do not need a separate sound card. Use the on-board audio. You won't be able to hear the difference.
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August 17, 2012 2:55:18 PM

Novuake said:


Save money and don't get one.


Obviously you don`t have one. That`s cool. Simple as this, if you want complete A/V, install GFX card and yes...a sound card
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August 17, 2012 2:55:30 PM

clarkjd said:
You won't be able to hear the difference.


If that happens simply return the sound card. Sound is subjective to the listener
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August 17, 2012 2:56:46 PM

wrenaudrey said:
Is a sound card really needed? I game and listen to musics alot but is it really essential?
Wouldnt the on board sound card be enough? The board will be ASUS P8Z77-V PRO




If you care about sound quality then get one.
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August 17, 2012 3:04:18 PM

wrenaudrey said:
Is a sound card really needed? I game and listen to musics alot but is it really essential?
Wouldnt the on board sound card be enough? The board will be ASUS P8Z77-V PRO


to answer the question, no they are not essential. the onboard sound does not sound "bad." on the other hand it can sound better, but youd have to shell out more money than most people think its worth to get a card that is better than what already comes on the board. the truth is there a few people (and clearly one we have one commenting) that care enough to actually pay for the increase.
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August 17, 2012 3:05:28 PM

Novuake said:
No not at all. The onboard sound os entirely sufficient.

Most peoples sound devices can not even play the quality that an added soundcard can produce.

Save money and don't get one.

Exactly if you are using $20 speakers you won't hear the difference. Rather put the money from the sound card to use to buy some good speakers. Once you have those you can consider getting a soundcard.
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August 17, 2012 3:18:27 PM

Carowden is right.

Graphics card is necessary for frames per second and will work on most any resolution. Although I prefer 1920x1080
Sound card is necessary for SQ and details not heard through minimum hardware. So, I prefer the ASUS DX for that right now along with Razer Carcharias headset and Klipsch Promedia.

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Anonymous
August 17, 2012 3:32:59 PM

In the end, yes it`s a matter of preference. I could easily justify the 70 bucks for a card having just spent 400 on a graphics card. However, I already had decent speakers and headset.


Enjoy!
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August 17, 2012 3:58:17 PM

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In the end, yes it`s a matter of preference. I could easily justify the 70 bucks for a card ... However, I already had decent speakers and headset.


Enjoy!

Exactly my point. Unless you already have quality speakers or headphones, then the cost to HEAR the difference is more than just the cost of the sound card!
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August 17, 2012 4:21:14 PM

Most high-end AV receivers these days have HDMI in/out so I would simply use HDMI from either the IGP or GPU instead of discrete or on-board sound. Power rails and the electromagnetic environment within a good AV receiver should be much cleaner than inside a PC case and eliminating analog cables removes another source of noise pickup.
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Anonymous
August 17, 2012 9:45:22 PM

I would suggest ASUS over Creative, but that`s just me. Read some reviews. I was surprised to see that Creative one so low, so soon.

After you decide on a card and get it installed. Let us know what you think. I`m all ears...

Enjoy!
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August 17, 2012 10:39:24 PM

Sorry to bust your bubble but beats are NOT good headphones.
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August 18, 2012 9:30:32 AM

i definitely recommend asus over creative....and anything is better than on-board audio except for some mobo's....
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August 24, 2012 10:48:22 AM

From what I've heard, sound cards are really good when you watch a lot of films or play games. For example when there is an in game explosion (or something similar), the sound card has capacitors that allows electricity to be immediately supplied to make that explosion. It's good if you notice these types of things and it annoys you. You probably need to have good speakers to notice this as well though.
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August 24, 2012 5:43:33 PM

If you are posting this message from the mid to late 90's, yes. But this is 2012. No, you don't need a sound card.
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