Originally Posted by whocarez
I think thats out of date seeing as I just looked for the extreme gamer and its 45 bucks lol
Btw my MB has a optical out connection is that better then using the regular aux cable? asking in case I want to hook it up to some speakers that bring optical connections
Again, as Nathris stated. Optical is just another connection that will bypass the onboard sound completely. It's going to depend on the quality of the internals of the speakers handling the digital signal.
Now if it was midrange receiver it will easily be better than your onboard.
As for a sound card. XtremeMusics can be had for dirt cheap and just a full size XtremeGamer. The Xonar DX can be found for $50 if you get a good deal on it.