Hi Kal, I have an integrated sound card. Recently it has gone bad. When I start the system there is almost no sound, after a while the system starts to pick up the game sound here and there.
It is very choppy and not clear at all. After maybe 30 minutes of playing it kind of gets to normal..but even then it is not clear like it used to be.
If I buy http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829132020 would it solve my issue? If not what do you recommend. I only use my computer for WOW.
PS: I don't know anything about computers.
First, download latest drivers for your sound. It's highly likely it's a Realtek audio, but to be sure, can you download and run Speccy (by Piriform) and tell me?
Try using a headphone or another speakers directly from the sound output on the motherboard. It is possible your speakers have gone bad instead.
If issues persist, I would try reconnecting the speaker's audio cable connected to the sound card.
If issues still persist, yes, time for a new sound card. Before you buy one, you have to open up the side of your case, and look at the motherboard. Does it have any empty full PCI slot inside? A full PCI slot looks like this:
If it does, you can buy it and use it.
After you install the sound card, you must go into motherboard's BIOS (accessed usually by pressing DEL, F1, or F10 when you turn on your system), and disable the onboard sound. Otherwise, there may be conflicts.