Choosing a Sound Card


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A Sound Card is responsible for any noise that comes out of your PC over and above the whirring of fans and spinning drives. Most motherboards now come with built in sound chips so do you really need anything more?

Do I need a Sound card?

The answer depends on what you are going to be using it for.

Sabrent 6-Channel 5.1 3D Surround Sound PCI Card $9.99




Office User

If you are just using your PC for office type applications then the answer is no. The sound you have will just be fine even for listening to internet content.

Games Player

If you are using your computer to play games, then surprisingly the answer is possibly no too. On board sound cards as they are called now offer great sound at a small price, many supporting 5.1 surround sound and other neat features.

If you really love games officionado then you probably will want to go that little bit further and get yourself a decent sound card.


Turtle Beach Catalina 7.1 Digital PCI Sound Card $49.99
Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatal1ty PCI Sound Card $269.99

Musical Composer

If you do intend composing or producing music on your PC then you probably will want to go for a good quality sound card with MIDI support.

DVD fan

If you want to use you computer to watch DVDs then you want to ensure you sound card can cope with AC3 (better known as Dolby Digital) and DTS to allow the use of 6 speaker surround sound.




Helpful Hint

If your motherboard comes with integrated sound it may be worth trying it out for a few weeks to see if you can justify spending the extra money.


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