Originally Posted by StepsAscend
Is there really a benefit to an x-fi say over my onboard for just stereo audio?
Totally!!! When I went from my onboard sound to the X-Fi, the difference was night and day, and I didn't think anything was wrong with the onboard. That was until the X-Fi. The Crystalizer feature really brightens up MP3's, and makes them sound more like the original CD. Also gets rid of the noise that onboard sound introduces, I also didn't notice that until I got the X-Fi.
Furthermore, why not get the X-Fi, and maybe a 300GB HD, and use that to just store music and whatnot? Then run your two 80GB's as a RAID 0 setup for your OS and programs. That's what I did, and it made a great imporvement in load times, and you'd have a seperate drive holding your music in case your OS crashes.
Edit: I see in the time it took me to post this, your moving into my way of thinking with the RAID setup, and I highly recommend it! The way I see it, since you seem to be an audiophile, you have no choice but to get the X-Fi as well.