Windows 10: Do I Need Sound Card for My Desktop?

  1.    09 May 2016 #1

    Do I Need Sound Card for My Desktop?


    I'll be building a gaming desktop and buying a monitor with built-in speakers. Do I need a sound card or will the speakers from the monitor suffice? Here's my build:

    Intel Core i5-6500, MSI GeForce GTX 970, DIYPC P48-BK - Lighter Rig - xlooks Saved Part List - PCPartPicker
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  2.    09 May 2016 #2

    If you're not satisfied with the sound from your monitor, you can get a 2.1 computer speaker system. You don't need a sound card since the motherboard already comes with it.
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  3. Posts : 744
    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 (laptop), W10Pro (tablet)
       09 May 2016 #3

    First off, the fact that your monitor has speakers has zero to do with whether or not you should install a sound card.

    The majority (if not all) of mother boards made today have built-in audio. The need for a sound card is a personal decision based on whether or not you feel the built-in audio is good enough for your needs.

    Regardless of whether you use a sound card or built-in audio, you will need speakers. It's also a personal decision as to whether or not the speakers built-in to your monitor will be adequate or whether you would prefer to have a 5.1 or 7.1 speaker system that will provide things like amplification, subwoofer, surround sound, etc...
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  4.    09 May 2016 #4

    ruzzi said: View Post
    I'll be building a gaming desktop and buying a monitor with built-in speakers. Do I need a sound card or will the speakers from the monitor suffice? Here's my build:

    Intel Core i5-6500, MSI GeForce GTX 970, DIYPC P48-BK - Lighter Rig - xlooks Saved Part List - PCPartPicker
    No...as the mobo already has a sound chip on it.....yours has the Realtek ALC887 7.1 channel. All you would need is a set of external speakers as mentioned by theveterans.

    No speaker from a TV or monitor can compare to a bonafide external speaker setup. I would recommend Logitech Z313 2.1 surround sound set up. It's got the best bang for buck sound out there....IMO. I have one.
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  5. Posts : 56
    macOS Sierra, Windows 10 Pro
       09 May 2016 #5

    If you are planning to use the monitor's built-in speakers then you most definitely don't need a sound card.
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  6. Posts : 4,854
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, WinXP Home Premium, Linux Mint
       09 May 2016 #6

    z31fanatic said: View Post
    If you are planning to use the monitor's built-in speakers then you most definitely don't need a sound card.
    As mentioned most computers have a sound adapter built onto the motherboard. It can be disabled if wanting to purchase and add a third-party sound card. BUT, a sound card or adapter is required to provide the sound from the computer to whatever speakers are used, only way to do it. One could plug a Sony Walkman or any number of MP3 players into the speakers on the monitor but that won't provide the sounds available from programs or games installed on the computer. If USB is being thought of for plugging into speakers, there still needs to be some method of modulating/demodulating the sound signal so the speakers can use it.
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  7.    10 May 2016 #7

    z31fanatic said: View Post
    If you are planning to use the monitor's built-in speakers then you most definitely don't need a sound card.
    Hi there

    If you intend using HDMI then a small HDMI splitter will work brilliantly - and will pass the analog (RCA jacks L + R) PLUS full Optical (5.1 / 7.1 depending on the quality of the splitter and your HDMI output from the computer.

    The HDMI out splitter is usually fine for up to 1920 X 1080 full HD video and the cheaper ones perversly will split off any HDMI video encryption too so you've got a nice clean full HD video signal to play with as well. The more expensive ones (not the Chinese manufactured stuff) are more restrictive in ensuring HDMI encrption is maintained when playing Blu Ray etc --so go for the cheaper chinese manufactured ones. !!!!

    Most built in sound cards - especially if integrated with HDMI on the mobo are usually very good these days -- Computer speakers are the weak link --usually being far to "boomy / Boxy and Bassy". There's a HUGE fifference between quality speakers required for Music, Video and gaming - most computer speakers are geared towards the Gaming and Movie watching people -- so often for decent music computer sound will usually disappoint.

    You can get more than adeqate separate speakers though these days without paying a small fortune for them --Wifi ones are increasingly good too --forget Bluetooth -- you won't get High quality sound on Blue tooth devices.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  •    10 May 2016 #8

    Since you have built-in sound card. The main thing to utilize your sound card is speakers 2.1/5.1 or even 7.1.
    I have RealTek 889 sound card on my board. I am very satisfied. No need spend more money again to your sound card. The critical point is speaker system.
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