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I frequently switch between speakers and headphones, and by doing so I believe this is the cause for my 3.5mm audio connector on my motherboard to wear out.

My speakers still work fine, but when ever I plug in my headphones only the left side receives audio. I don't think the headphones are broken though because they still work fine on other devices.

I just want a basic sound card that can just replace the audio connectors on my motherboard. It doesn't have to be anything fancy, but if there is anything out there for a decent price that can support 6.35 mm, and 3.5 mm that would be great.

PS. I have never purchased a sound card before so I'm not exactly sure what an appropriate budget for one would be.
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If all you need is a new headphone jack, than an Asus Xonar DG with PCI interface, or the the DGX with a PCI-E interface will work just fine. Both include a headphone amp so you can run high impedance headphones without any issues. You'll most likely need an adapter for 1/4" jacks as I've yet to see 1/4" on any budget soundcard (they may be some, but I haven't seen any).

DG: $28
http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-XONAR-Headphone-Audio-Card/dp/B0045JHJSS

DGX: $37
http://www.amazon.com/Xonar-DGX-PCI-E-GX2-5-Engine/dp/B007TMZ1BK/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1379695538&sr=1-1&keywords=asus+dgx

They're nothing fancy, but they'd both get the job done while adding a small boost in audio quality and give you some extra tuning features.
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If you're using a modern Realtek chip on your motherboard, you can use any other jack and just tell driver to use it as a headphone jack- every jack can do headphone, line in, whatever.
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