So recently, I dug my old Turtle Beach Santa Cruz out of my ancient computer, to replace the onboard sound of my current gaming rig, which was... eh, okay, but I could hear the noises when it was thinking and accessing the hard drive and such..
So, in this computer, the Santa Cruz sounds good, but for some reason it gets kinda clicky when I am multitasking, which is really weird, cause it didn't do that on the Pentium III. Probably some incompatibility with old tech and new stuff -- my computer is a ~$500 gaming rig circa 2009, and it still plays new games alright. AMD processor, a few gigs of ram, etc. etc.
Anyway, I use the computer for some minor gaming, including a bit of single player first person shooters, and Pandora, and, um... dvdrips of movies. ;) ;) and FLAC rips of CDs played with Foobar2000. My computer is running win xp pro, with the latest service pack.
I plug my 770 pro's directly into the back, fyi, though I could use a portable headphone amp if I had to.
What's a good, Under $50 (ideally under $30!) sound card which would be an upgrade in my situation? I haven't been keeping up on the latest and greatest. I'm in the lower 48, and am willing to buy online.