i think i bothered enough with my on-board sound card so i am just going to buy a PCI sound card. anyone know of a decent enough sound card under the range of $20 dollars? i found some few at newegg but didn't know which ones are worth the money because i dont want a cheap 10 dollar sound card.
Sound Blaster PCI 128. Amazon.com: Used and New: CRE CT4750 Sound-Blaster PCI 128 Sound Card
Worked just fine in my PC (had model CT4700) except with DOS games, but I had read it was because of a specific incompatibility with my VIA chipset.
Now, you won't get 5.1 with that... what exactly do you want to do with your sound card ?
nothing much really, just need to hear music and movies out of it without scratches and boom noises. my old card (onboard) was pretty crappy. i was playing GTA vice city and EVERY single time in the middle of the game the speakers would just go BOOM and that noise wouldnt stop untill i rebooted the machine.
Eh.. anything from newegg?
Again, if you ever want to do 5.1 surround sound, this card won't do it for you.
But all soundcards share the same basic function- to take the job of figuring out how the sound is going to work, off of the CPU. And this card will do just that.