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I use voice recognition for work and the onboard sound is worthless for recording from a microphone. When I work, I wear a headset (Sennheiser PC151) to use for voice dictation and listen to music. I need a card that will handle speech much better then what I have and provide me with some great sounding tunes. This is where I spend 75-90% of my time every week.

For relaxation I like to load up some NFS or GTA or whatever I am into at the moment. While I only use a headset I still want surround b/c eventually I'll buy the speakers for it (prob ~1 month after the card). I estimate 10-25% of my time per week goes to this.

I am looking to spend < or = $100 minus shipping/taxes. What should I be going after with this type of usage?
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45nm Quad
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Q9300 3.3 (Lapped) DFI LP DK X38-T2R 2 Visiontek 3870s 2x2GB GSkill ddr2 1000 
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250gb WD & 640gb WD Arch x86_64, Windows 7 Dell 3007WFP-HC Corsair 750 
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Some Cardboard boxes 
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