Some mainboards have build-in support for sound. Highest quality sound is achieved by using a quality PCI sound card. Many PCs for business use dont even need sound. But, sound is good for multimedia, action games, and listening to commentary or music over the Internet. So, well consider a quality sound card or sound built into the mainboard a necessity.
If you plan to use Linux as your operating system, you might want to avoid extra functionality, such as sound, built into the mainboard. This is because Linux is sometimes less capable of recognizing extra mainboard features, such as built-in sound. This is less true today than it was in the past. Linux 9 immediately recognized our systems built-in sound.
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