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If you are going gaming, Auzentech X-Fi Forte is the best gaming sound card on the market. At least since last year. Retail is about 149.99 and they don't sell it in stores anymore. (Gotta backorder from their website)

The Xonar Essence STX is also a good choice, but its more expensive.
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The Auzentech X-Fi Forte is so good they stopped selling it in stores?
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If you are going gaming, Auzentech X-Fi Forte is the best gaming sound card on the market. At least since last year. Retail is about 149.99 and they don't sell it in stores anymore. (Gotta backorder from their website)

The Xonar Essence STX is also a good choice, but its more expensive.
The Forte is no longer the best gaming sound card on thbe market. The X-Fi Titanium HD is. The Fortes had a tendency to die after about a year of use.

As for the STX, I have yet to make my decision on it because it is still on its way to my house. Side by side comparison will be conducted.

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Also, the DX for sure and the D1 (I assume) have an RCA-Y cable included. Getting that cable at Bestbuy cost me over $20 so that will also bring down the net cost of the card.
You're on OCN and you spent $20 on a cable at BEST BUY??? I hope it was solid 24k gold.
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Cables are rediculously marked up at Best Buy; they probably bought that at a cost of a couple dollars if not less.
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is the Xonar Essence STX considerably better than the Xonar DX?
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the Realtek ALC892. (Hint: that's your integrated sound card. )

I know for sure that the Realtek ALC889 (same as the ALC892 but missing one or two features you will probably never use) will max out every headphone up to the JVC HA-RX700 ($40). It's also very likely that they can fully drive headphones that are even better than the RX700s, but I don't have any to test. I'm thinking about grabbing some AD700s ($90) but I can't find any locally.

I can guarantee you though, that you will benefit more by upgrading your headphones rather than sound card.

ASUS and Creative drivers give you ability to use hardware accelerated OpenAL with surround sound effects on stereo headphones. Many games can benefit from this. If you don't need this feature, then on-board sound is fine.
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