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Thread Noob warning: Not sure if I need an audio interface

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1 Noob warning: Not sure if I need an audio interface
I have a question about latency and the benefits of using a USB audio interface, such as the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2, or the PreSonus AudioBox.
I understand that an audio interface is necessary for converting analog audio into digital audio so that you can record and edit on your computer.
But what if I plan to make music using only software on my computer, with no analog equipment? Would there be any benefits for using an audio interface in that scenario? Does my computer make use of some sort of hardware in a USB interface for improving audio quality, or reducing latency, or something like that?
Or are things like audio quality and latency, when working in a digital-only environment, dependent only on my computer specs?

Thanks