on board sound or pci card

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  1. Tuffgong4

    Tuffgong4 The Donger Need Food!!!! Political User

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    I was wondering with all the advancements in onboard sound is there even a reason to buy a sound card anymore...The one thing about a computer I have barely any knowledge of is sound so I'm hoping someone can clear it up for me...thanks
     
  2. breezie

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    It really depends on how nice your speakers are in relation to your sound card. If you have decent speakers (say under $150)- having onboard sound for most the newer motherboards work very well. If you're an audiophile and have like Klipsh or other high end speakers ($150+) you might want to invest in a nice Soundblaster Audigy to pull out the full potential of your nice speakers. It makes sense not to need a nice sound card if you're speakers arent equally awesome because they kind of bottleneck eachother.
     
  3. ming

    ming OSNN Advanced

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    There's no reason why you should buy a pci sound card unless you intend on having a surround sound system (5-7 speakers).
    I think the surround sound works best with pci sound cards like creative audigy because of the digital output port.
     
  4. razor_ro

    razor_ro OSNN Addict

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    cpu power

    also, onboard sound usually uses more CPU than a pci card, so if you do get a pci sound card you'll notice that most games will be running alittle smoother,.... and its noticable....lates

    RaZoR
     
  5. JJB6486

    JJB6486 Retired Mod Political User

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    Depends on what kind of onboard sound you're talking about. Plain old stereo onboard sound, go with a PCI Card. Though some motherboards, specifically nForce2 based higher end boards, have a very high quality onboard sound system, that includes dolby digital encoding and several features of seperate PCI Soundcards not normally found in other onboard systems.

    -JJB
     
  6. Shamus MacNoob

    Shamus MacNoob Moderator Political User

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    My onboard Soundstorm performed better than my SB live 5.1 digital , during Lord Of The Rings ( Game ) Return of The Kings the Sound Blaster was crapping out bad I switched to my on board sound and it was way better ( Perfect ) So in my case the on board sound is better overall besides that one game I find the SoundStorm an amazing on board sound card
     
  7. desie

    desie OSNN Senior Addict

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    Wow sounds like onboard audio has really advanced!
     
  8. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    in the case of nvidia's soundstorm, most definitely. it has hardware acceleration and positional (eax, a3d) audio for games. but most other boards have a realtek or cmedia codec which, although provides good sound quality, doesn't allow for hardware acceleration in games or good positional audio without tying up a good chunk of cpu time.