Originally Posted by Incrementum
I'm just hearing a lot of iffy things about the Creative sound cards and gaming. Some say surround sound is better for gaming and some say that stereo with good headphones is better. Ahhh I'm going craazzyyyy :D
Iffy things actually refer to Asus soundcards and gaming, due to their partial gaming audio support. If you plan on doing any sort of gaming beyond casual, X-Fi powered cards are what you want to get. A lot of people like the artificial coating given by the artificial coating that are surround virtualization techs like CMSS-3D (Creative) and DH (Asus), but those are merely extras on top of the gaming audio support from the audio hardware. However, it should be said that recent games have terrible audio renderers, and those do benefit from surround virtualization techs, but I think you should play around with stereo and surround to see what you prefer.
Also, the Creative X-Fi Titanium HD has a very capable DAC, better than external DACs costing quite more. If you want to be perfectly sure you're driving your headphones properly, just add a headphone amp later on, like an O2.