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This is my main concern. I know for a fact that the SupremeFX II card on my future motherboard works flawlessly in Vista 64, however, I am looking for something more. Granted, I hear things like DTS and Dolby Live have issues, but do the cards overall at least out put sound? As long as the returns card will justify the price of the card and headphones I am cool.

Thanks.
Well, just until very recently many cards like the X-Fi's, Asus Xonar, and the Prelude had pretty much no DTS and DDL support in Vista x64. I've also been hearing a lot of cards only outputting in stereo... Driver development is in a sad state.

Edit: I forgot to say that CMI8788 based cards have fairly mature x64 drivers now, so basically the recommendation comes down to Bluegears b-Enspirer and HT Omega Claro+. The Asus Xonar D2/D2X and Razer Barracuda AC-1 also have CMI8788 based APUs, and they are better for gaming, but I'm not sure what there cards are a little more different from the CMI8788 reference design so the C-Media drivers don't work for them.
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Thanks Trigger, I have heard the the C-media (Oxygen) cards have done quite well in this respect. The bluegears is also quite cheap compared to the other cards.
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I just want to chime in and say that am glad for you that you're gonna get away from onboard sound, especially since you're into games, movies and music. I promise you that if you get the best possible sound card for your budget, you're going to be wondering why you didn't do this sooner.

Unfortunately, my experience and knowledge is extremely limited, and I would love to know the best sound card to recommend, but I only know Creative, so that's all I can recommend. I bet that with daniel_k's drivers, you'll be in audio heaven. I sure am. Ever since I bought the XtremeGamer 7.1, my speakers have sounded better than ever. They've never sounded so high-end before. I'm in love with my speakers all over again. They aren't much (Altec Lansing VS4121 2.1), but they sure sound like it now (they've always sounded really good, but wow, I didn't know they were capable of this sound quality). The lows are much deeper and cleaner now (much less physical distortion from the subwoofer), and the mids on my satellites don't distort anymore either. The distribution of the frequencies is a lot better and more intelligent. And as for the highs, they are very clear and very detailed. It truly is HD audio.

But with your budget for a sound card, you could have this one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102014 The X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion for $179.99 ($129.99 after mail-in rebate)


Or, if you want just a card, then:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102005 The X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Pro for $135.99, $85.99 after mail-in rebate)


But again, all I know is Creative, so that's all I'm personally able to recommend. But I do recommend the X-Fi cards because again, ever since I got the XtremeGamer 7.1, my speakers sound way better than they used to. Games, movies and music have never sounded so good.

But regardless of what you get, I do hope you get something that will significantly improve the sound.
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