Do I need a sound card?

Updated: 01/24/2018 by Computer Hope

A picture of a computer's sound card.The short answer is No. Any PC built within the last 20 years has an on-board sound card, which means it is built directly onto the motherboard.

However, sound enthusiasts, who are often referred to as audiophiles, can still find use for an external card that connects to a PCI slot as those cards provide higher sound quality. External sound cards are also useful for those who are involved in professional recording and sound production.