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#1 15 years ago

I am thinking about getting sound card

I am currently using on board AC97 and my motherboard has 8 channel audio built in, my question is how much better sound quality will i get out of this card and would it be worth spending the money on it.

I was going to pair the sound card up with these speakers

I still plan on getting the speakers but would like to order them at the same time


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#2 15 years ago

Iwould get the Soundcard mate. I thought onboard sound was good till i got an Audigy then i realised what i was missing. Onboard is ok but a dedicated card is a must IMHO.

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#3 15 years ago

:agreed Most onboard soundchips suck. They offer low quality and are nothing but trouble. Get the soundcard, the Audigy ZS isn't even that expensive.



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#4 15 years ago

Get the soundcard, the difference is huge even with the headphones I use, and I suppose it will be bigger with surround speakers.

If you'd like to save a little, the SB Audigy 2 Value has as good sound as that more expensive card, it just lacks some features that you might or might not need.