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Get the Auzentech Prelude + some really nice bookshelf speakers with a receiver.
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That's still creative, so you'll be just as disappointed with the drivers. The xonar isn't *that* much more then the card you linked: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829132001
That looks good. Would it work well with games? Would i still need to get new speakers?
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That looks good. Would it work well with games? Would i still need to get new speakers?
In vista it should be every bit as good as a xi-fi for gaming. As for speakers, I would wait and see how you like your speaker setup with the new soundcard, then decide on replacing them.

Personally, I say a higher quality 2.1 will be much more enjoyable then a lower quality 5.1 system though.
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His problem is Vista.....Answer=Xonar D2 or DX

Although i haven't had any problems with Vista on the X-Fi Platinum i had.
    
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I don't know if geeks.com is still selling the OEM xfi extrememusic for 40 bucks.
If they do, pair that with some z5500 for 5.1, you can have a pretty good setup for around 250 total.

I bought my z5500 new for 180 shipped, there are deals around on them.
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In vista it should be every bit as good as a xi-fi for gaming.
It does not sound the same as X-Fi in Vista. X-Fi is always better. Even with crap ALchemy. Note that the X-Fi has native processing. The Xonar highly depends on the Host's CPU. For heavy EAX effects native processing is required.

+You don't get Hardware EAX 5.0 on the Xonar. It may say that it supports EAX 5.0 but it is not "Creative"'s EAX 5.0 .Asus uses a different engine called DS3D GX. It cannot perform on par with Creative EAX 5.0, and as i said earlier for heavy EAX effects(EAX 5.0,4.0) Native processing is required!
    
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It does not sound the same as X-Fi in Vista. X-Fi is always better. Even with crap ALchemy. Note that the X-Fi has native processing. The Xonar highly depends on the Host's CPU. For heavy EAX effects native processing is required.

+You don't get Hardware EAX 5.0 on the Xonar. It may say that it supports EAX 5.0 but it is not "Creative"'s EAX 5.0 .Asus uses a different engine called DS3D GX. It cannot perform on par with Creative EAX 5.0, and as i said earlier for heavy EAX effects(EAX 5.0,4.0) Native processing is required!
So what card would you suggest for me? It HAS to work perfect in vista as well.
Also, maybe instead of speakers, these would work for me..Sennheiser HD-555 Audiophile Headphones
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So what card would you suggest for me? It HAS to work perfect in vista as well.
Also, maybe instead of speakers, these would work for me..Sennheiser HD-555 Audiophile Headphones
The Xonar D2 will suit you fine.It works well in Vista and you gain "Sound Quality" over any creative X-Fi. Dont confuse sound quality with EAX. Having better quality doesn't mean that it will be better in games. X-Fi is better by miles.

For music,movies,recording etc etc the Xonar prevails over X-Fi(Creative).
    
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