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PCI-E Sound card ~$100

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State your budget! (Set an absolute maximum or give a relative maximum with + x amount if it will be amazingly better)
~$100
State your music tastes
worship/bluegrass/electronica
State what perks are highly desirable (low impedance, heavy bass, excellent for gaming etc..)
more gaming would be nice, will be paired with a carcharias for a while, might upgrade those eventually.
State what products you already have and are planning on using with your recommended item (state whether you have an amp if you're looking for headphones with high impedance for example)
I mainly use my headset (carcharias) but I also have some low end logitech 5.1, also have a martin DCPA4 that I could plug in.
State how you are going to use the item (e.g. out-and-about, at the gym, at home, PC / console, gaming, music etc). The more detail in this, the better.
This sound card will only be inside my computer, but it will have to be PCI-e
State where you live and offer some sites that are known for having good prices / being reputable so we can help recommend you products in your country's currency (like Amazon or ebay).
I live in South West Michigan, so Tiger Direct is pretty much next day shipping, Amazon works fine, and Newegg works too.

Seems like the Creative Soundblaster Z is highly regarded, or the Xonar DX, I have used a DG and I didn't have any issues with it just only have a PCI-E available now. I don't want to go external sound card because I have kids, and inevitably one of them will eat/break it.

Thanks and much love,

RIckles
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Xonar DGX or the SBZ. SBZ has dedicated headphone output so you won't be forced to use front panel with the headphones.
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