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Best options available for games first, movies second, music third, and everything else fourth according to the criteria in the title? Thanks.
    
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Most new ITX/mITX boards have pretty good Sound onboard including optical and hdmi outputs.
What are you wanting from an external card that the onboard won't do?

I have just done a job with an E350N-USB3 mITX and the sound is awesome, headphones, SPDIF digital and HDMI through my sony home theater system.

It's not cutting edge but it's very good for onboard.
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Onboard sound has always sounded 'shallow', 'weak', and 'water-down' to me. It's the high-end sound cards like the HT|Omega Claro Halo that absolutely blow onboard sound away.
    
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I would suggest the Auzentech X-Fi Forte. It's PCI-E, low-form factor and you can run digital out to a receiver. It's also a full hardware X-Fi card with better drivers than creative.
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It depends on the motherboard and what Realtek chip it has. A lot of the newer ones can do DTS out for 5.1 on your receiver.

Remember the encoding will be done on the the DAC whether it's an external DAC or receiver.

So what does your current setup look like?
    
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Asus Xonar DS or DX and switch out the PCI bracket to the low profile one?
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It depends on the motherboard and what Realtek chip it has. A lot of the newer ones can do DTS out for 5.1 on your receiver.

Remember the encoding will be done on the the DAC whether it's an external DAC or receiver.

So what does your current setup look like?
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