pc audio output and sound cards

  realist 10:22 24 Nov 2005

The on-board sound output on my current w98se pc is bad to awful and I want to get "good sound" on my proposed new one.
What is the minimum spec for a pc capable of, say, playing mp3 audio without noticeable distortion?
Presumably I need to specify something like a Creative sound card? I only have space for a 2.1 speaker set-up.
I'm looking at the Evesham Axis KD.
Any advice is welcomed!
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  Stuartli 10:39 24 Nov 2005

You can buy a SoundBlaster Live! for less than £20.

It might be that your speakers are to blame rather than the onboard sound - the C-Media onboard 8738 chipset I used to use provided excellent sound quality with my IBM 2.1 speakers.

  realist 12:06 24 Nov 2005

Thanks Stuartli.
It's Via chipset/audio that seems to be the problem

  Stuartli 16:17 24 Nov 2005

Via chipsets and audio can prove problematic as I well know since getting a Gigabyte mobo a few months ago.

There is a VIA PCI Latency patch available:

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  realist 16:50 24 Nov 2005

Many thanks Stuartli. Looks interesting I may give it a go!

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