So I was thinking of going the line-out rout with a headphone amp. No more than $150 USD
The sound card is the one thing I skipped on this build currently I'm just using the audio from my Blue Yeti Mic which is not bad at all but it’s a little dark on my SHURE SRH840 headphones.
My primary uses of audio on my PC in order.
Voice chat = Mumble: This makes my Fiio e10 almost useless due to the non async USB "If I have no other sound playing it cuts off the first part of the first word of every transmission.”
Gaming : I miss having the good positional audio I had in the past, Rapture3D works but the games that can use it are rather limited. Also will this help with BF3 that game has some horrible positional audio is seems to be a simple L/R panner with depth there is no discernible vertical possitionality. I can't tell if someone is on my floor or one above or below.
Music: Aggrotech IDM Metal Classical and anything with a Chello
Whatever sound card I use I am going to have to use 4ft to 6ft extension cable to get from my case to my desk this is part of why I was thinking of going with a desktop amp.
Side note: I also have a iBasso D7 I bought it after the E10 Hoping to fix the mumble problem. Before the D7 had really been reviewed by anybody. I fully regret buying it and I'm not selling it to anyone I don’t want to waste their money. It did fix the mumble problem but it also has a lot of line noise that I fixed by building a USB isolator but is still has a cracking problem on all 5 of my systems. It's not a defect it’s a design flaw. It makes a great paper weight.
Edit added more info.
Update: I think Im going to go with a Xonar DSX and JDSLabs CmoyBB but a may switch to a little bit more analytical OP-AMP.
Edited by RED-404 - 10/12/12 at 4:37am