Well, a soundcard hasn't been a concern of mine for a while but now I'm considering a small upgrade and soundcard has appeared on my list of "yay or nay? I don't know so I'll ask some people with knowledge in the area".
Preface: PC Gamer. Mainstream and Indie game focus. i5 2500k/HD6870/8Gb.
A few years ago I bought myself a reasonable HTIB, Onkyo HT-R518 Receiver and Onkyo Speakers (all of the speakers seem to end in -5128) and I use them approximately 80% of the time, usually for Gaming. I also use my Minerva Mi-1 custom IEM's for most of my music listening or TS3, with my Corsair HS1A headset being used when I'm gaming and require a mic.
For Gaming audio output I use the optical output on my Club3D Theatron Agrippa 7.1 DTS (seems to be the C-Media CMI8770) which hooks up to my Receiver and speakers. If I'm using the HS1A or Minerva Mi-1's I'm using the onboard soundcard on my ASUS P8Z68-V LE (seems to be the Realtek® ALC892).
The money: I only have about £60 spare which is not much at all. In that kind of money range, the X-Fi Titanium and the ASUS Xonar DX.
Do I need an upgrade? Should I upgrade with the budget I have? Do you need more information from me to make an informed decision?
Thanks for your time taken to read this and the patience if I have missed out some glaring point, which I'm likely to have done.
EDIT: I forgot to mention that I have a Fiio E11 portable amp which I use with the Mi-1's or the HS1A's whenever I use the earphones/headphones option.
Edited by ElcomeSoft - 2/5/12 at 2:34pm