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Should I Get a Sound Card?

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February 9, 2013 7:48:08 PM

Not sure if this matters, but this is my build:
CPU Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing
Motherboard ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600
Video Card XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB
Case Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower
Power Supply Rosewill 750W ATX12V / EPS12V
Optical Drive Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer
Case Fan Apevia CF14SL-BBL 59.6 CFM 140mm
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)
HDD Samsung Desktop Class Spinpoint F3 1 TB SATA 3.0gb/s 32 MB Cache 3.5"

I love music, especially DnB (Neurofunk and Jump Up), some Dubstep, and Electro House.

I noticed with the higher quality items, I can greatly tell the difference between music especially Neurofunk. I will be gaming also.

Should I include a sound card (even though the motherboard comes with an onboard one)? Which one should I get? I would be glad if someone pointed out a decent one for $50 or less if I should get it.

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February 9, 2013 8:11:34 PM

Unless you have super-duper-high-quality external amplifier and expensive speakers you don't need anything else than the onboard audio. It's good enough.
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February 9, 2013 8:30:35 PM

yeh man a sound card is a must even a asus dx1. no creative
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February 10, 2013 1:48:40 AM

You'll need good speakers or headphones to appreciate the higher quality sound, but if you're discriminating enough a sound card will produce noticeably cleaner sound. ASUS sound cards are great and they have low-cost options.
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February 10, 2013 3:13:15 AM

yes like the other thread u made.

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February 10, 2013 5:45:43 AM

Start with the onboard audio and see how it sounds. If you think you're missing something buy a discrete sound card or get a USB DAC.
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February 10, 2013 10:31:03 AM

Best answer selected by vElectrixx.
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February 10, 2013 2:37:04 PM

this is true.

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