Sound cards are also essential to enjoying Windows Media Center. The best advice on purchasing a sound card is similar to the advice on finding a good video card. Assess your sound needs. Do you require digital output? Are you using this professionally, or are you just an enthusiast who wants to listen to your music? If you require excellent sound, research what's available and make your decision based on how the products meet your needs. If you are planning to drive a home theater speaker system with your computer, you'll want to make sure you get a sound card (or pick a computer with a sound card) that can work with the types of speakers you want to use. Most built-in sound cards will work great with a 2.1 speaker system (stereo speakers with a sub-woofer), but more complex speaker setups may require a more advanced sound card.
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