Or do I...help wanted. The motherboard built in sound has failed.(All tests prove so !)It's a K7S5A Elite Group. Question....can I buy any cheapo PCI card just to hear the CD's decently and occasional midi file.
Why not spend just a little more and get a Creative SoundBlaster Live! Value sound card?
You can find one for between £20-£25 and the sound will be superior (providing you have reasonable speakers) to cheapo units.
If you must have a cheapo, then the PCI sound cards that feature the C-Media 8738 chipset and cost around £4 to £7 may well surprise you; not quite in the Creative class, but still very clean and transparent sound quality.
In fact many Elite boards use the C-Media onboard or PCI sound - my own P6BXT-A+ has the 8738 onboard chipset.
The only reason I switched to my Creative SoundBlaster was due to being given it; the overall difference in reproduction from my IBM 2.1 system is basically a slightly more solid sound stage and I wouldn't have any worries about going back to the 8738 if it became necessary.