A lot of system building guides on the internet seem to suggest that on-board sound in most motherboards is 'good enough'. But what are they measuring this against? My motherboard (gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R) has a Realtek ALC889A for it's onboard and I have to say, it isn't great. I get a lot of pops and hisses during playback of pretty much anything Running Vista 7 RC. Looked online a bit and others with the same mobos seem to have similar issues. Would a dedicated sound card fix this? I used to have one years ago, a Creative Live! something, but I heard over the past few years their customer service really began to suck, and their drivers were subpar or didn't work/exist. I have Logitech X-530 speakers, it's a 5.1 system. It isn't really set up to give me the best sound and I'd like to learn more on how to do that .