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Good Cheap Soundcard for Gaming

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So my buddy is having me build a rig for gaming that is on the cheapo side. Its total is around 1k so far.

He wants a sound card over the onboard sound (DFI Lan Party DK mobo).
I was thinking the new ASUS card but its slightly expensive.
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I got my extreme music for 25$ on ebay, and it ROCKS. Check ebay, otherwise get an xi-fi extreme gamer.
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you could go back a generation towards the Audigy 2 ZS's they're not bad for the money... but overall I'd beleive that onboard would compete with them pretty well.
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