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Harwarewise does it really matter what kind of sound card you have? Does having a "better" sound card really produce better cleaner sound?
 
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Depends what you need, if you only use headphones/2 speakers, you're probably fine with onboard audio. If you have a 7.1 surround system, for instance, you might want something a little better. =p
 
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Onboard sound is known for causing signal noise, Mobo's are too "hot" electronically to successfully produce a clean signal. If you can detect this noise, you should be considering a Sound Blaster for gaming. If you are into audio editing, a Turtle Beach card may be more in your league.
 
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I have a SoundBlaster X-FI and it is incredible with my headphones. Before i got the X-FI i had a SoundBlaster Live! 5.1 and i could tell a huge diffrent from the two. I recommended the X-Fi all the way, thats just my opinion.
 
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My Sound Blaster Live! is just fine. Clear sound, and even my microphone is very clearly. And it is not even expensive at all.
 

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