Sound Card vs Onboard?

So I was wondering if it would be worth it to dish out 100-150$ on a sound card. Would the average person even notice a difference in sound quality much less a significant enough difference to justify the money put down for one? Also do sound card's amplify the sound at all?

I'm looking at these cards as possible candidates:

Card 1:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829271001&Tpk=HT%20OMEGA%20STRIKER

Card 2:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829132006&cm_re=Asus_Xonar-_-29-132-006-_-Product

Card 3:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102024&cm_re=Creative-_-29-102-024-_-Product
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  1. This topic has been moved from the section Audio to section Deals by Jaydeejohn
  2. Why was my thread moved to Deals? I'm not trying to sell anything -.- did you even read my post?
  3. I'm in agreement with the OP. This should be moved back to Audio as it doesn't belong here.
  4. This topic has been moved from the section Deals to section Audio by Justinblue
  5. OOOPPs my bad, sorry, didnt read it thru
    Hadnt had my morning coffee, sorry, and TY Justin
    The first thing I did this morning

    No, the sound cards wont amplify the sound, as for the differences, it depends on usage, and the perfection of the sound you want.
    Today, most on board is good enough, but if youre picky, then yes, get a sound card, tho youll need an amp as well
  6. go for the DX

    and yes i have actually noticed in lot increase in volume when i moved from alc888 to DX

    the DX is the best card in that list.
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