Originally Posted by BassThor
@Roller; I mainly spend my time on the PC playing games. The X-Fi Go! is 30-40$ over there in the US, but here in EU it costs around 70-80$ :(
Are there any other 'good for gaming' USB doongle-type sound cards out there? (One that might be cheaper over here).
@Stv; The E10 looks great, but blows my budget. :D
Well, then you have to go with something with proper gaming features, which more often than not means Creative hardware. The X-Fi Go!, the X-Fi Surround 5.1 and the X-Fi HD USB are basically your only options for proper gaming audio support.
The Xonar U3 has light gaming support, but still above regular driverless USB DACs. The USB X-Fi cards are on a entirely different league, though. Basically, the order I listed the X-Fi USB devices goes from the cheapest and lowest quality up to the more expensive but higher quality device. I know that the X-Fi HD USB can be had in the EU for around $100, which isn't too bad a price. For instance, if the X-Fi Surround 5.1 was availble at $80, I would advise you to get the X-Fi HD USB instead, as it is indeed a higher quality product.
Also, do you need multichannel support, or 2.0/2.1 is enough for you?
Just keep in mind that there are many other products from other manufacturers, but those are focused mainly on audio itself, and have no gaming audio support at all, and since you stated you do a lot of gaming, I focused on that.
I understand quite well what you mean about the price differences, but depending on the product and the price difference, I may or may not buy the product.