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In what circumstances is it worth it to buy an audio card?

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Hi, I don't know if people here can help me, but anyway, I take the chance. In a few weeks, I will build a computer, although it is mainly for heavy gaming, I was wondering if an audio card was worth the money and if I could pull any benefits. I do some musical composition and I listen to a lot of music as well*. I own a pair of Sennheiser HD598 headphones and a pair of Audioengines A5+ speakers. 

Thanks! 

*All my files are in lossless quality, I mainly listen to classical music. 

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128591

Sound card: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829132014

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Hi, I don't know if people here can help me, but anyway, I take the chance. In a few weeks, I will build a computer, although it is mainly for heavy gaming, I was wondering if an audio card was worth the money and if I could pull any benefits. I do some musical composition and I listen to a lot of music as well*. I own a pair of Sennheiser HD598 headphones and a pair of Audioengines A5+ speakers. 

Thanks! 

*All my files are in lossless quality, I mainly listen to classical music. 

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128591

Sound card: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829132014


Everyone seems to like those Asus sound cards, but I thought they were cheaper than that.  You might try sending a PM to PurpleAngel - seems he recommends them a lot and probably knows.  Plus, he frequents this forum section a lot and would probably be inclined to help. ;)

 

I'm not so sure they're better than a medium-quality DAC, especially at that price.  If you are already discriminating enough to be using lossless music files, you probably would appreciate a step up in your audio components.  In any event, I think we can all agree with some certainty that sound will be better than what's existing on the motherboard. 

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Originally Posted by HAL2328 View Post
 

Hi, I don't know if people here can help me, but anyway, I take the chance. In a few weeks, I will build a computer, although it is mainly for heavy gaming, I was wondering if an audio card was worth the money and if I could pull any benefits. I do some musical composition and I listen to a lot of music as well*. I own a pair of Sennheiser HD598 headphones and a pair of Audioengines A5+ speakers. 

Thanks! 

*All my files are in lossless quality, I mainly listen to classical music. 

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128591

Sound card: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829132014

Save a few dollars, try to get a used Essence STX off eBay.

 

Sound cards like the Essence ST/STX comes with a better DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) then what you would find built into a motherboard.

Also the ST/STX's headphone amplifier is better at driving headphones then whatever is built into 99% of the motherboards.

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