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Seeking recommendation on sound card

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Hi all,

I am here seeking advice on what sound card to get. I am not very familiar with the PC sound equipment. I did read the "OCN's Most Recommended Audio Products", and it is quite helpful. However, my situation is a bit different.

I will follow chinesekiwi's format on seeking recommendation from the forum community.

1. Budget: USD$100 plus or minus $20.

2. Music taste: classical (orchestra, etc)

3. Perks/use: the new sound set up will be used 50% for gaming (BF3) and 50% for movie/music.

4. Products I already have:
- Creative 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer.
- Logitech G35 headset.
- Yamaha 5.1 TSS-1W Dolby Digital/DTS Surround Sound Computer Speakers (http://www.yamahamultimedia.com/yec/products/speakers/tss1w.asp). I am currently using the optical input on the speaker system and digital out on the sound card.

5. I will get all products in the US, prefer from Amazon (no sales tax).

After reading the most recommended audio products, I think I will go with the Audio Technica AD-700 headphone. It seems suitable for what I will be using (classical music and FPS gaming).

Once I get my new computer built and up and running, I will be playing mostly BF3 and I do want the positional sound advantage. I will most likely be using my Yamaha speaker system during the day and using the headphone at night so I don't create disturbance.

However, I am not sure what sound card I should get in my situation or if I should get a new one at all. Or, to be on the "frugal" side and maximize what I currently have, I can keep all my current hardware and will get the AD-700 improve my sound at all?

Again, I would like to have the positional sound advantage when I play BF3. I am trying to explore various scenarios and set ups.

Your advice is highly appreciate.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5-3570K Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H Gigabyte GTX 670 OC Corsair Vengeance 2 X 4GB low profile sticks 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Crucial M4 256 GB SSD Asus DVD-RW Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Win 7 Home 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell U2412M Thermaltake Meka G1 Corsair AX650 Corsair 550D 
MouseAudio
Logitech G9 Asus Xonar STX 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 EVGA GeForce 9800 GTX+  CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1066 Dual ... 
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Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB SATA III LG 20X DVD Burner  Stock Intel CPU fan Windows XP Pro 32 bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell U2412M Tt eSPORTS MEKA G1 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard  CORSAIR TX-650 Antec 300 
MouseAudio
Logitech G9 Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer PCI 
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BF3
(14 items)
 
COD
(14 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5-3570K Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H Gigabyte GTX 670 OC Corsair Vengeance 2 X 4GB low profile sticks 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Crucial M4 256 GB SSD Asus DVD-RW Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Win 7 Home 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell U2412M Thermaltake Meka G1 Corsair AX650 Corsair 550D 
MouseAudio
Logitech G9 Asus Xonar STX 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 EVGA GeForce 9800 GTX+  CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1066 Dual ... 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB SATA III LG 20X DVD Burner  Stock Intel CPU fan Windows XP Pro 32 bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell U2412M Tt eSPORTS MEKA G1 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard  CORSAIR TX-650 Antec 300 
MouseAudio
Logitech G9 Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer PCI 
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Well I have that card and I am having issues. This is a thought.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102043&nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL030612&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL030612-_-EMC-030612-Index-_-SoundCards-_-29102043-L09D

But this is what I really want.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829132010
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Intel Core i7-950 OC 4 ASUS Rampage III Formula LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6 EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
C300 SSD 128 gig + 2x spinpoint raid 0 500s Noctua NH-D14 WIN7 home premium Planar 27 " LCD 
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Intel Core i7-950 OC 4 ASUS Rampage III Formula LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6 EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
C300 SSD 128 gig + 2x spinpoint raid 0 500s Noctua NH-D14 WIN7 home premium Planar 27 " LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
MS 5000 SeaSonic X650 Gold 650W COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Black RC-932 Black Stee MS 5000 
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