Originally Posted by blade007
how much of a difference are we talking about here, if its just a little bit, then i dont think itd be worth the extra $75-100, i dont know, has anyone had any experiences switching to a sound card on a 5.1, and noticing the difference in sound quality
I can hear a difference with 2 speakers
It's not just the sound quality that will improve, but you'll actually be able to hear more sounds. The X-Fi will not only be able to decode sounds that your onboard audio has to simply ignore, but it can also produce more sounds simultaneously than possible with onboard. You'll hear things in games that were simply passed over before. If you can afford it, get a sound card.