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Old 07-22-2006, 01:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi,

I am not exactly sure what sound card I have, I got it with my stupid Dell Dimension 8300 3 years ago. I just recently bought a new motherboard and I don't know if I should just use the onboard audio on it or put in this old sound card. What do you think I should do? Here is the motherboard I got:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131527

It's onboard audio is: ADI AD1888

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Onboard sound is fine. Unless you have truly amazing speakers or you use your computer for some hard core audio recording onboard is fine.
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Old 07-22-2006, 01:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I agree. I use onboard audio for my 5.1 speakers, and it sounds great. For general use, onboard is fine.
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Yea I have it hooked up to my creative 5.1 surround and it rocks!
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I like to play games though, if that changes anything. I don't just use my computer to check emails and the common stuff. So is onboard still fine for gaming until I upgrade my whole system?
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if the rest of your system meets the specs for the game then yes onboard sound is ok
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If you play online FPS games like Quake 4, BF2, or whatever...then a sound card is a must IMO.

I love my SB X-FI. I even just use some cheap Panasonic headphones and playing OpenAL games with EAX is awesome
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If you guys woulda read his post you would of seen he has a soundcard from his dell. The soundcard in that dell is an Audigy 2. That Audigy 2 will be way better then onboard sound.
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It doesn;t support OpenAL. which IMO, makes a huge difference
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go sound card. i have a audigy 4and i love it
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