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Is a sound card worth it?

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July 17, 2012 8:12:41 PM

I'm building my computer, just using the integrated sound card. But how much of a difference will a sound card make? I don't plan on using surround sound ATM, but may use it in the future. If a sound card is worth it, which is the best one for under $50 ($50 is the max i could spend, and I would like one under 30)

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July 17, 2012 8:25:01 PM

Unless you're running a surround sound system that costs more than $150 bucks.. No its not, and even then the usefulness is questionable. Even cheaper motherboards these days have pretty high quality support for surround sound.
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July 17, 2012 8:26:17 PM

The integrated sound on most mobos' are very good now and unless you're an audiophile or prepared to spend 2-4 times your budget on a sound card I wouldn't bother. I stopped using add-on soundcards 8 years ago and have never regretted the decision. Just my opinion though and audiophiles would probably disagree with me.
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July 17, 2012 8:34:29 PM

not much of an audiophile so i guess thats that
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July 17, 2012 8:34:58 PM

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July 17, 2012 8:53:49 PM

You can get a noticeable improvement in audio quality from the Asus Xonar DG/DGX cards that cost about $30 even with a 2.1 setup.
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