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I'm building a new computer. The onboard sound is Realtek.

 

On my current rig I had an Xtreme Music X-Fi card, but it had so many driver issues and BSOD's I stopped using it. The difference between onboard sound and the sound card was noticeable.

 

I can't decide whether to go for just a low end Asus card, a mid range one, or get the Asus ST (Or STX which I heard wasn't as good but might be more adaptable in the future since it is PCI-E and the ST uses PCI) or to try Creative again with the Titanium HD I see on sale for $125.

 

My setup is:

 

ATH-AD700's

Senheisser HD598's

 

The speakers I will be using are to be determined. You'll probably see my other thread on here asking for recommendations on a speaker set to get. Right now I'm leaning toward the Swan MKIII's if it makes a difference.

 

I'll be using the speakers 80% of the time most likely and the headphones 20%.

 

Gaming 45% Watching videos 30% and listening to music 25%

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Given that you'll do some gaming still, I do recommend you getting the Creative X-Fi Titanium HD, which has an excellent DAC and high quality components, far beyond what your XtremeMusic has, being also a flagship card (like the Asus Xonar Essence ST/STX), and having full gaming audio support along with positional cue improvement algorithms, something all Asus cards lack.

 

Driver wise, the situation has improved a lot, with stability being a given at this point in time.

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