It's all in the title really; Is an external DAC affected by a PC's motherboard audio-chipset? I've ordered a motherboard which I will be building a computer with, but I've just read that the audio-chipset (Realtek ALC662) is poor.
Does a sound card or DAC completely bypass the audio chipset within the computer? Also, would a computer with a better audio chipset yield the same sound? I understand these are redundant questions asked together, but I felt I had to ask it in that way. Also do both a DAC and Soundcard have this function?
I'll be using it for listening on headphones and a 2.1 sound system. My headphones are not in need of powering any further than using my computer or my phone as a source, so I'm strictly interested in the quality of audio and not potential for powering my headphones.
I have been considering buying a new mother-board, sending the one I've ordered back, but if an external sound card or a DAC would do the trick then that's what I'll go for. I've spent a lot of time looking for an answer to this, but I've just been left unsure.
Any help would be greatly appreciated as I want to start building within the next few days. Thanks in advance.
Edited by BobbyChong - 3/21/14 at 4:29pm