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49. Re: Upgrading my comp. Jul 25, 2004, 22:23 Camaro76
I don't do much soundwise except for gaming or listening to music. I don't do any mixing, and the audigy 2's millions of inputs wouldn't really be of much use to me. Basically, I guess my question is that is there any point to having a sound card when you've got pretty good onboard audio to begin with? Does onboard audio have any hidden penalties if sound quality doesn't appear to suffer?

These days sound from either the motherboard chipset or a separate sound card doesn't take up too much CPU time. I've heard the nForce audio is pretty good, so you may want to stick with that for now in light of the other upgrades you want to make (which are more important IMHO).

It really comes down to your speakers and what kind of setup you have (and the speaker quality). Personally I have an M-Audio Revolution sound card (picked it up for $99 a while back), a Klipsch THX 2.1 setup, and my old Yamahas I've had forever. DVD's and MP3's sound great... at least to me... The M-Audio has a ton of great reviews, so I decided to go with that card rather than an Audigy.

The only problem I'm having is that the Windows settings (Sounds and Audio Devices) keep getting reset back to a 2-speaker config and I have to manually keep going back in to fix it to 5.1 surround to get the rear channels. Otherwise I've been as happy as a clam. If a clam could hear.

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