Hi! I go by CrankyCorvus on most of the internet. I've lurked on these forums on many occasions during the past year or so and finally decided to actually register, chiefly because I feel I may need help from the much more experienced hi-fi audio enthusiasts.
I suppose I should tell you a bit about myself. I'm a 20-year-old Finn who has a passion for video games. You develop such a passion if you spend 75% of your life playing them regularly, I tend to find. For the first 13 years I played on various PlayStations but for the last two I've been PC gaming. It's definitely more my kind of thing than console gaming, that's for sure. I'm not however a "PC elitist", as someone might say. I have no problems with console gamers as long as they don't have a problem with me.
I also appreciate music. I can't really pinpoint specific genres I like, because I've heard songs I like from many different ones. Sure, there are some I don't quite get (Crunkcore, for example) but I don't have to listen to them so I don't. The aformentioned appreciation of music is the biggest reason I invested hi-fi-ish gear recently. I've only had the gear for about 2 months I think (may not even be that long). Definitely spiced game audio up, too.
Okay, now the question. The gear I'm talking about is a FiiO D03K DAC, E09K amp and AKG K272 HD headphones. It's a budget-oriented build for sure but I don't want to spend enormous amounts of money on this gear as a complete newcomer. Currently the config is as follows: Onboard soundcard --Toslink cable--> D03K --RCA cables--> E09K --> K272. I think it sounds very good but would using a different soundcard have a positive effect on sound quality? I have a feeling it won't but I'd rather ask people who know better first before coming to any conclusions. The onboard soundcard is supposedly some sort of Creative-backed thing but it's probably just a glorified Realtek (motherboard is ASUS Maximus V Gene).
Edited by CrankyCorvus - 11/12/13 at 3:27pm