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Are they really necessary? What are the benefits of having one? Recommend me a 20+ soundcard? 

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1. no

2. it may or may not sound better

3. http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/sound-card/#sort=d7&page=1

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My computers as of 2017/03

 

My Old PC

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Dell Vostro 260 $150 2010

CPU: i3-2120@3.3Ghz, GPU: Intel HD Graphics 2000, ATI Radeon X1300, RAM: 4GB Axevir Budget Series, SSD: 240GB Radeon R7, HDD: random 250GB and random 160 GB, CASE: Crap from Dell, OS: Windows 7 Enterprise

My Current PC

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Custom Build $1200 2016

CPU: i5-6600k@3.6Ghz, GPU: Sapphire R9 Fury, RAM: 16GB Geil EVO X, SSD: 240GB Radeon R7, HDD: Hitachi 500GB, CASE: Deepcool Kendomen, OS: Windows 10 Professional 64-Bit

Laptop

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ASUS F8S $1150 2008

CPU: Core 2 Duo T7500, GPU: ATI 2400 Mobility, RAM: 8GB Mushkins, SSHD: 1TB Seagate Hybrid Drive, OS: Windows 7 Ultimate N and Windows 10 Professional

HTPC

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MSi Cubi $200 2016

CPU: Pentium 3805u@1.9Ghz, GPU: Intel HD, RAM: 4GB Crucial DDR3L, SSD: 120GB Radeon R7

 

Other Laptop

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HP 2210b $400 2009

CPU: Core 2 Duo T8100@2.1Ghz, GPU: Intel GM965, RAM: 2GB Hynix, HDD: Hitachi 160GB, OS: Linux Mint 17.3 and Lubuntu

*All Prices in the Canadian Dollar

 

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Without a soundcard, you won't have any sound.:P

 

Jokes aside, I couldn't live without a proper DAC. Once you get something decent, you really notice how horrible basic integrated solutions make everything sound.

 

That being said, there are some decent integrated solutions as well

 

If you want to record stuff, it will be hard to get away without a proper audio interface as well.


What exactly do you mean by 20+?

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6 minutes ago, GeorgeKellow said:

Are they really necessary? What are the benefits of having one? Recommend me a 20+ soundcard? 

use the one on your motherboard with a external dac

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Just now, Rpkiller said:

use the one on your motherboard with a external dac

DAC?

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Just now, Rpkiller said:

digital to analogue converter 

Important? 

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Just now, Hamako said:

That's like asking if an engine is important for a car.

Fair enough 

 

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read my post about amps and dacs linked in my signature.

Before you buy amp and dac.  My thoughts on the M50x  Ultimate Ears Reference monitor review I might have a thing for audio...

My main Headphones and IEMs:  K612 pro, HD 25 and Ultimate Ears Reference Monitor, HD 580 with HD 600 grills

DAC and AMP: RME ADI 2 DAC

Speakers: Genelec 8040, System Audio SA205

Receiver: Denon AVR-1612

Desktop: R7 1700, GTX 1080  RX 580 8GB and other stuff

Laptop: ThinkPad P50: i7 6820HQ, M2000M. ThinkPad T420s: i7 2640M, NVS 4200M

Feel free to pm me if you have a question for me or quote me. If you want to hear what I have to say about something just tag me.

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after i picked up the sound card off the flor and shoved it in my PC i dont want to be without it, mainly because of the extra ports for speakers but also because it just sounds way better then before :) i got mine for free because, like i said, it was literally on my floor but i cant say you NEED one. i was fine with on board :) 

I spent $2500 on building my PC and all i do with it is play no games atm & watch anime at 1080p(finally)...

Builds:

The Toaster Project! Northern Bee!

 

The original LAN PC build log! (Old, dead and replaced by The Toaster Project & 5.0)

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"Here is some advice that might have gotten lost somewhere along the way in your life. 

 

#1. Treat others as you would like to be treated.

#2. It's best to keep your mouth shut; and appear to be stupid, rather than open it and remove all doubt.

#3. There is nothing "wrong" with being wrong. Learning from a mistake can be more valuable than not making one in the first place.

 

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