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    Default Onboad audio vs. older sound card

    Would I notice a difference if I used a dedicated sound card? At the moment I have some old 5.1 PCI soundcard with a gameport on it laying in a drawer. LOL!! I am planning on getting an X-Fi or Xonar card by summer time so this would just be temporary. I am becoming obsessed with perfect audio. All the music on my PC is FLAC.. if I can't find an FLAC torrent then I go buy the CD and rip it myself. xD Now I realize my onboard audio is 7.1, so I am assuming using this old card would be quite a downgrade. All answers are greatly appreciated, thanks PureOC!!

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    Default Re: Onboad audio vs. older sound card

    Generally you will see an minimal difference. For me personally I wouldn't get a sound card unless it had an optical port which would provide better audio, but my mobo already has one. So I would not recommend a sound card since most mobos have pretty high quality audio anyway, I would upgrade the sound system first.

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    Default Re: Onboad audio vs. older sound card

    Onboard sound is usually ~digital sound~ these days. If you use an optical connection to your speakers or amplifier, it should be primo. An older sound card may not have the same quality.

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    Default Re: Onboad audio vs. older sound card

    If you're looking for perfect sound your best bet is to ditch the soundcard, get a DAC < amp < hi fi speakers/headphones
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    Default Re: Onboad audio vs. older sound card

    You would have to dump a ton of money on a great soundcard for it to be better than the onboard.

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    Default Re: Onboad audio vs. older sound card

    Another thing I'd like is Dolby Digital Live for surround sound gaming. At the moment I'm only running a coaxial cable, but I shall go and grab an optical cable this weekend.

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    Default Re: Onboad audio vs. older sound card

    Optical cables are semi expensive but then can do any audio setup 2.1 5.1 7.1 and give the best quality for each. And if you ever get a spare you can shine a flashlight through it and see the light come through the cable XD

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