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Sound card over integrated?

Post by GI-JOE » Mon Jul 07, 2008 6:20 am

I have read everywhere that people say they get better quality sound out of a add on sound card. So I was wondering, after a few searches, if I would notice a difference with this sound card:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6829102002

over my "high definition" integrated sound? Or would I have to get better quality speakers to hear a difference?
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Re: Sound card over integrated?

Post by ratNukit » Mon Jul 07, 2008 7:13 am

First question, what integrated soundchip is on the mobo. And second what are your current speakers/ headset.
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Post by GI-JOE » Mon Jul 07, 2008 7:24 am

Sound chip is Realtek ALC888

Speakers are a $30 cyber accoustic 2.1 set. Not to fancy but gets the job done.
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Re: Sound card over integrated?

Post by ratNukit » Mon Jul 07, 2008 7:30 am

I believe with those speakers you wont really notice the change, at least i didn't notice a change on my speakers when changing from onboard to X-Fi Xtreme, but could definetly hear the difference on the speedlink 5.1 medusa headset.
So if you're thinking about getting yourself a nice quality headset it would be nice to change, still i would recommend a soundcard with a X-Fi chip, because it's the fastest available.
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Post by GI-JOE » Mon Jul 07, 2008 7:33 am

Alrighty, since I didn't plan on getting new speakers/headset, I guess I'll just get that extra harddrive I've been wanting for a while now. :)
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Re: Sound card over integrated?

Post by Apoptosis » Mon Jul 07, 2008 7:39 am

with 2.1 surround sound just stick with the on-board audio... All i got and I'm happy with it on my 5.1 Logitech speaker system.

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Re: Sound card over integrated?

Post by GI-JOE » Mon Jul 07, 2008 7:54 am

Ok cool, thanks a lot guys. Instead I just ordered myself a nice 250 gb hard drive with 16 mb cache instead of wasting money on a sound card! =D>
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Re: Sound card over integrated?

Post by ratNukit » Mon Jul 07, 2008 8:10 am

thats the way to go :)
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