Realtek HD audio...

I have one of the new intel 915 chipset motherboards which has realtek ALC861 HD Audio integrated, and I'm thinking about getting some good quality speakers, I was wondering if I need to buy a new soundcard as well, or if the realtek integrated would do. Would I be able to tell the difference between the realtek HD and an Audigy 2 value, for example?
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  1. The onboard sound in the last couple of years has gotten so good, that unless you are profesionally recording audio, onboard is ideal for PC sound solutions.


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  2. well that's good news,

    thanks.
  3. Also, if you're really gonna need the CPU power, try not to use the onboard one.
  4. nah I've got CPU power to burn (3.2Ghz) I'm pretty sure most games wouldn't need that much yet
  5. The onboard audio will use about 5% to 6% more cpu power than a good quality sound card.

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  6. You already paid for onboard sound...it is included in the price of your mobo, so just give it a try and see(?) by yourself if you need or not to pay again for a sound card. The nice speakers set can be use on a new sound card too...

    -Always put the blame on you first, then on the hardware !!!
  7. I've noticed that onboard sound cards don't really surround process to well. They sort of smear the audio signal across a few channels. I never knew the diff until I got my Audigy 2 ZS. If you watch a lot of movies and play a lot of games you will likely notice a HUGE difference with an audigy 2 over onboard sound. If you have a surround system you need Dolby Digital EX and/or DTS ES, it is a world of difference.

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