Okay so i googled this first about onboard sound versus using a dedicated card. Problem was of the 6 or so links i looked at i didn't find anything recent, newest one was like 2007. So has onboard sound improved much since then? FYI, if your too lazy to check my specs i have a P43, which has Realtek ALC662 onboard. I currently have a crappy 4watt 2.0 setup lol and i've really gotten into music lately and love bass, I find myself putting on my headset just so i can hear the bass. The speakers i'm somewhat set on are the Logitech Z523's. The ratings are good on the egg, and from what i've read they have good price/perf. My room is only 10x12' btw. So basically, with those speakers, are there any sound cards that would show a worthwhile improvement over onboard for $50 or less? and recommendations on speakers at ~$100 or less is also fine, though 2.1 system only as i don't have much room for a surround system and i go places a good bit with my speakers.