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Old 10-19-14, 02:49 PM
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Soundcard in New Computer

So I am building a new computer, and was wondering what the general opinion on soundcards is. Are they even needed these days? I have historically always when a built a computer purchased a soundcard but I wondering if the on board audio on a typical motherboard (I have not decided on the motherboard yet) good enough. I am not connecting it to real good speakers, just a set of logitech surround sound computer speakers.

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Re: Soundcard in New Computer

On board will be more than sufficient for your needs. Skip the extra purchase.
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Yep, it's unnecessary unless you plan to hook it up to your home theater or something. I recently built a really powerful desktop and didn't put in a sound card. The motherboard provided what I needed, I just hooked up a couple of computer speakers. I got the Asus Maximus VI Formula board.
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Thanks for the info, think I will skip the soundcard and put the money towards a SSD.
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Re: Soundcard in New Computer

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Thanks for the info, think I will skip the soundcard and put the money towards a SSD.
Yes. If this was 20 years ago I'd tell you to get a Soundblaster or an Adlib card.. but, seeing as how the built in sound is fantastic these days, totally not needed for general use. Enjoy the SSD .. it's worth it
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Re: Soundcard in New Computer

Originally Posted by trespoochies View Post
Yep, it's unnecessary unless you plan to hook it up to your home theater or something. I recently built a really powerful desktop and didn't put in a sound card. The motherboard provided what I needed, I just hooked up a couple of computer speakers. I got the Asus Maximus VI Formula board.
Actually it's not needed for a HT, as you can use HDMI from the graphics card for sound.
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Re: Soundcard in New Computer

Yes, I forgot to call that out. I was thinking about the coaxial aspect since some people still like hooking up their sound that way. But having an SSD is definitely the way to go since it greatly helps boot up times, especially with Windows.

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^ Yup. SSDs are worth every penny. My PCs now boot and log in within 10 seconds. It's glorious.
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Well went with the SSD and I ever glad I did. The sound from the motherboard is fine, I don't notice any difference from my old computer with a dedicated sound card. The speed however with the SSD is extremely noticeable, it boots up almost instantaneously. The big test will be when I install Dragon Age Inquisition in about two weeks from now.

Thanks for the advice and helping me to pick the SSD.

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