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Which <$100 Sound Card For Multi Channel 5.1 Analog Surround Should I Buy?

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My Current Setup:

Sound Card: Realtek ALC892
Receiver: Denon AVR-488
Front L+R: 2x Bose 701's
Subwoofer: Definitive Technology SuperCube II
Rear L+R: 2x Bose 301's
Center Channel: Definitive Technology Mytho's Gem

I currently have 3x 3.5mm to RCA M/M coming from my Realtek ALC892's multichannel analog output jacks, running into my Denon's multichannel analog input's. My receiver supports 5.1 multichannel analog.

My main objective here: To buy the best <$100 sound card specifically FOR GAMING. I mainly play FPS like BFBC2, MWIII, BF3, RAGE; but I also play games like The Witcher 2, Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, etc. I need to get the best card for 5.1 multichannel analog for gaming.

I'm currently interested in the Asus Xonar DX and the Creative Titanium X-Fi Fatal1ty.

Which card would you guys buy if you had this setup? Would you even bother buying a sound card oppossed to sticking wtih the ALC892 on-board soundcard? I really think I need a soundcard because the quality of sound that I am getting out of the ALC892 is horrid!

THE CARD MUST BE PCI EXPRESS x1
Edited by dade_kash_xD - 10/9/11 at 5:56pm
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[Kingston] 2x V+ SNVP325 128GB Raid 0 NONE! xD [Corsair] H100 Push/Pull 4x TT Blue-Eye 94 CFM ... Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit 
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[LG] 47"47LG90 120hz 1080p [Corsair] K60 [Corsair] HX1000 [Cooler Master] HAF 932 Black w/ 12 Fans 
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Creative Titanium X-Fi Fatal1ty. or Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Titanium.
    
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