You are Buying More Than Just the Sound Card
A dedicated sound card will dramatically increase the sound quality your computer can produce. However, without quality speakers, an amplifier, premium headphone, and more, you will not be able to fully experience the added sound quality. Remember, when it comes to purchasing a dedicated sound card, you must also factor in the cost of additional peripherals to fully utilize the sound card.
Onboard Audio Will Satisfy Most
The audio that is already native to your computer’s motherboard is called “onboard audio”. The average computer user will get all the sound quality they need from the onboard audio. If you are going to purchase a dedicated sound card, then most experts will recommend that you fully upgrade to a professional type sound card. If you are looking for a mid-range upgrade, then it is recommended that you do not bother upgrading at all.
Depends On Who You Are
Whether or not a dedicated sound card is worth the cost depends on who you are. If you are the average computer user, who enjoys listening to music, then a decent set of speakers coupled with the computer’s onboard audio will most likely suffice. If you are an intense gamer or music/movie buff, who insists on the ultimate experience, then the cost of purchasing a dedicated sound card and the associated high end audio equipment will seem well worth it.