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Games are by far my biggest concern, can't wait for the unknown BF3

HT OMEGA CLARO 7.1 gets the best ratings on newegg, almost all great, where as the x-fi fatality titanium pro and the xonar DX have very mixed ratings, with lots of bad ones,

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16829271002

Choosing a SC is harder than I thought, a 6950 was a no brainer

But again, what are the new SCs

$155 for omega claro from '06-07
$105 for x-fi titanium ....pro from '08 I guess
$80 for xonar DX from about '08


And I know abot auzentech yet
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If it's just for gaming, go with the cheapest option. If you want to get into high end audio, then I might recommend the claro.
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I wouldn't go with Newegg rating for audio equipment of any sort. For games the Xonar DX is very highly recommended (personally never had problems with the drivers, unlike previous X-fi Titanium). It'll give great music performance and great audio performance EXCEPT in BC2. For whatever reason it gives poor positional audio in BC2. If that's a big deal, go for an X-fi card. Are you planning to use surround speakers or just stereo equipment? If stereo, an X-fi Titanium HD would be an excellent choice for gaming.
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For games the Xonar DX is very highly recommended (personally never had problems with the drivers, unlike previous X-fi Titanium). It'll give great music performance and great audio performance EXCEPT in BC2. For whatever reason it gives poor positional audio in BC2. If that's a big deal, go for an X-fi card. Are you planning to use surround speakers or just stereo equipment? If stereo, an X-fi Titanium HD would be an excellent choice for gaming.
Tomorrow I'll order the logitech x-540 5.1 system that uses 3.5mm jacks

I love BC2, so that worries me about the DX, does everyone have that DX problem

And I do have great ear for music, I love technical solo/instrumental guitar, and I'm almost a shredder myself

I have 4 main choices

X-FI TITANIUM Fatality PRO - drivers issues are/were common, great API Compliant Standards

auzentech x-fi forte - old style capacitors, sound changes over time

xonar DX - bad in BC2

HT omega claro - poor frequency range of 40Hz-15kHz

http://sound-cards-review.toptenreviews.com/index.html

The xonar D2X seems good, but I can't find it in stock in Canada anywhere

xonar essence, titantium fatality HD... are ruled out, I need jacks for 3.5mm 5.1 speakers, not headphones
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Tomorrow I'll order the logitech x-540 5.1 system that uses 3.5mm jacks

I love BC2, so that worries me about the DX, does everyone have that DX problem

And I do have great ear for music, I love technical solo/instrumental guitar, and I'm almost a shredder myself

I have 4 main choices

X-FI TITANIUM Fatality PRO - drivers issues are/were common, great API Compliant Standards

auzentech x-fi forte - old style capacitors, sound changes over time

xonar DX - bad in BC2

HT omega claro - poor frequency range of 40Hz-15kHz

http://sound-cards-review.toptenreviews.com/index.html

The xonar D2X seems good, but I can't find it in stock in Canada anywhere

xonar essence, titantium fatality HD... are ruled out, I need jacks for 3.5mm 5.1 speakers, not headphones
First, forget the Fatality card. It's an X-fi Titanium with a higher price tag and virtually useless "x-ram" or whatever it's called. The BC2 problem happens AFAIK on every Asus card, so if that's a deal breaker forget it. I can't comment too much on the Omega/Azun, because I don't have personal experience with them.

Personally, in your situation, I would go with the X-fi Titanium (again, not Fatality). It works great in games, including BC2, and does well enough in music. The reason so many recommend the DX over it is poor drivers. You very well may have problems with the drivers crashing here and there. A few months ago when I used one, I had frequent system locks while changing settings in the control panel. All that said, the card still worked, it was just a hassle. But for you, I'm guessing, the BC2 issue outweighs the driver problems.
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