If you're looking to upgrade your onboard sound (and you should), the
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out how it compares to Realtek onboard sound, and an Asus Xonar
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You do software updates to get the most from favourite programs right? Updating a motherboard BIOS can in a timely manner is also critical. The guide to Flashing a Motherboard BIOS spells out the often complicated steps in plain english. PCSTATS Tips