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Is a Sound Card Needed?

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August 9, 2012 5:05:23 PM

I'm Planning to Buy this Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard

Is a sound card need with this motherboard? Or will i be just fine?

If needed please link so suggestions of sound cards because i haven't did a lot of research on them.

Thanks in Advanced!

-JP

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August 9, 2012 5:05:56 PM

Its not "needed" no it has a very capable one onboard, if youre a sound enthusiast or whatever then obviously you might want to look at a dedicated card.
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August 9, 2012 5:12:28 PM

the sound is decent on the boards. if you want to, a asus dg 5.1 sound card for 30 bucks blows away the onboard stuff. most people will notice a difference but most people dont mind the onboard
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August 9, 2012 5:21:33 PM

I say no... Unless you are doing work with sound editing and need it. The modern sound included on mobos is great.
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August 9, 2012 5:21:33 PM

Thanks for the info Guys!
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a b V Motherboard
August 9, 2012 5:27:27 PM

I got a DG and it was absolutely indistinguishable. As far as I know, sound cards are only good for people who need features like a headphone amp or 7.1 surround sound. I've been trying to get someone to do a blind test for a while now, but nobody's yet taken me up on it. If you're willing, TBT, get someone to switch between dedicated sound and the sound card that I assume you have, not telling you which one is on, and see if you can reliably tell the difference.
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a b V Motherboard
August 9, 2012 5:36:31 PM

i can tell the difference. maybe its just me with very sensitive hearing
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August 9, 2012 5:42:56 PM

Please try the blind test. If you can tell the difference without knowing which one's on, I'll believe you completely.
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August 9, 2012 5:58:04 PM

i used my friends dg 5.1 to listen to my recording of me playing a violin (it was burned on a regular CD in a generic mp3 file @ 320bit rate). on the onboard sound, it sounded normal and nothing out of the ordinary. with a dg 5.1, i can hear a few footsteps in the back because someone walked by the room at the end of the song. i was using a generic pair of apple earbuds. it was also played at the same volume

its not the best comparison i know.

its not too much of a difference but there is a difference.
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August 9, 2012 6:04:25 PM

oh and one more thing. i have pretty poor eyesight.
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a b V Motherboard
August 9, 2012 6:22:46 PM

Seriously, the blind test matters. It would also help if the volume were changed more or less at random, as you can't be sure it was the same.
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