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    Integrated Sound Card??

    Can anyone tell me what the difference between Integrated Sound Card and Non Integrated Sound Card is?

    Is Non Integrated better? The system I am looking at has two slightly different versions and the only difference (other then amount of memory and disc size) that I can see is the sound cards and the non is more expensive.

    Also, I am tossing up between a normal 19" monitor and a 17" Flat screen at about the same price. Any suggestions??

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    Integrated means it is built onto the motherboard. Obviously this means that non-integrated means it is a seperate cards usually occupying a pci slot.

    I won't go into to much detail but if you are regular user playing games most intergrated sound cards have the same quality as non-integrated. There are some exceptions but they don't usually apply.

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    OK thanks. So I won't be depriving myself of anything by saving a few dollars with the integrated sound card? I am not a big gamer in any case.


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    A friend of my has an integrated soundcard and IS a gamer, it's ok and I can't hear the difference between his integrated one and my cheap Creative SoundBlaster 16
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    if you're not a gamer or don't care much for sound then yes you can go that way and save some money and a PCI slot... but an integrated sound card does eat off a teeny bit of your processor's clock cycle... but it's not much...

    still, a creative sound blaster live isn;t very expensive and you will be able to tell the difference when you listen to music/watch a movie...

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    It says on the configuration:
    INTEGRATED AUDIO WITH SOUND BLASTER @ PRO/16 COMPATIBILITY


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    yup that's pretty much standard...

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    Originally posted by JMulder
    A friend of my has an integrated soundcard and IS a gamer, it's ok and I can't hear the difference between his integrated one and my cheap Creative SoundBlaster 16
    Probably cause they are the same. Most board come standard with a 16 bit.

    And I thought I had said they were good for gamers. The only thing low end 16 bit sound cards aren't good for is people who watch dvd's on the computer or multimedia freaks.
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    Originally posted by Maelstrom
    And I thought I had said they were good for gamers.
    i'm sorry but as an ex-gamer (don't have much time now ) i'd have to disagree... an OEM creative soundblaster live! is the bare minimum for your run-of-the-mill pc gamer... 16-bit sound just doesn't cut it anymore... you'd need hardware 3D support and the bells and whistles that something like live! or some of the turtle beach products have to offer...


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