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I recently build my first pc (gaming pc). I don't know much about sound, but I want to try to get the best out of my machine.

What would be better:

  1. Onboard Audio (from my Asrock extreme3 gen3) straight to my speaker.

  2. Graphics Card HDMI (Nvidia GTX 560 Ti) to my TV then using the headphone jack to my speaker.

  3. Dedicated Soundcard (Asus Supereme-FX) straight to my speaker.

What setup would provide the best audio quality? I've also heard that onboard audio can reduce game fps, what setup would prevent this from happening?

Thanks in advance, Louis

asked Jan 21 '12 at 13:24

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While some videocards will have an audio pass through, more modern videocards will have a built in sound card.

For best sound quality, having a dedicated sound card will be best. But if you have a audio receiver (for example a home theater PC connected to an audio receiver via HDMI and plan to play DRM content that requires HDCP then you are stuck using the videocards sound card.

(Some systems will allow you to use both so you can have your player for DRM content to use the videocard sound card, and have everything else use an analog output connected to the speakers or audio receiver)

A dedicated PCI or PCIE sound card will be best when it comes to gaming performance as the sound card will have it's own processing hardware.

answered Jan 21 '12 at 14:21

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edited Jan 21 '12 at 14:23

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