Originally Posted by LOL_Wut_Axel
The only sound card I'd pay for, to be honest, is the ASUS Xonar DG
. It has a low price of $30 and the difference it gets you in sound quality in comparison to onboard is much higher than the difference between it and other sound cards. Unless you have very expensive audio equipment, I wouldn't bother with anything else.
He says it has to be at Fry's so that's not going to work.
Originally Posted by wgolden
why do you say that?
Well I just think you won't be able to take advantage of what the ST/STX and D1/DX variants have to offer considering the higher price of them. You need a good source, good headphones, and a good set of ears to tell the difference in music/sound quality. If you have neither of these things it won't make a difference. Some people can't even tell the difference between onboard and a dedicated sound card.
If you can't hear the difference then it's money wasted. But it looks like you want to setup for mostly gaming so you'll be fine.