Need help with selecting an audio card/unit.

  • refueler1
Posted: Thu, 12/18/2008 - 18:34
Hello, did not know where to post this question. I am currently putting a list together for a whole PC system build (my first build). I would like some advise on audio for my PC. My family and I (wife and two teenage boys) love to listen to digital music and at a high volume. I want to figure out what I need to get to have a qualtiy home stereo setup. Do I go with just the onboard sound or should I invest in a card or external unit? Do I need to get an amp? What would a good setup be? I have read that external units allow a little better sound quality since they are outside the PC away from all the other electronics. One of my boys may like to try a little mixing of music also. Look forward to your inputs. Thanks.


  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Thu, 12/18/2008 - 19:14


It all depends on how serious you are about the sound ;-)

There is a thread under the computer hardware forum

64 Studios post their working set-ups, and also hardware that prove problematic. It is a good guide it you are starting out and need hardware that works.

If you want to mix music on the system, I would recommend getting studio monitors (Speakers)
Nearfield monitors are not so expensive if you take one of the smaller models, but they pack a punch and are a good deal better than hi-fi speakers. True, they sound different, but after listening to music through them for a while you would not listen to music though a hi-fi if you have monitors close by.

As an alternative it is very easy to connect the pc to the hi-fi, and then you could listen to music that way.