Buying new headset, Do i need usb soundcard or is my MOBO good enough to handle it on its own?

By Obzoleet
Sep 29, 2014
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  1. Hello guys,

    I am on the hunt for a new gaming headset since I had to throw my old one out when I moved.

    I have decided to put in a decent amount of money ( Around 150-200£ ) and I have had my eyes on Sennheiser 363d for some time now. It comes with a USB soundcard. I am unable to fit a soundcard in my PC since its a mini itx build so it sounds like a good investment in my ears.

    I have also been checking out Turtlebeach xp seven however it does not come with a USB soundcard.

    Now I am just wondering, My mother board :
    Gigabyte Z87N-WIFI Motherboard
    Has the following audio features :
    Realtek® ALC892 codec
    High Definition Audio
    Support for S/PDIF Out

    Is that sound good enough to handle on its own or do you think id get an improvement with the soundcard from 363d? :)

    Have you any experience with 363d or Turtlebeach Seven? What do you think about them?

    I appreciate any inputs, also if you know of a headset I have totally overlooked :)

    Kind regards,
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2014

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