Hi Guys, currently I am using onboard for my sound and microphone connections which is a Realtec ALC898, this doesnt seem that great for music/films and primarily gaming (used to use a dedicated Xi-Fi titanium soundcard), the motherboard I am using now doesnt have the slots required for internal soundcards so I am now in the market for a usb equivalent.
Microphone quality seems to have a fair bit of noise and I know its just the onboard being bad so I need something with a solid microphone input, as I play games I would appreciate something being great for giving positional audio or surround sound for my headphones (currently using AD700s, planning on changing sometime soon).
Budget is around £50 - £150 I will spend the extra if need be but ideally < £100 would be preferable, doesnt need to be portable as its for my desktop.
So far I have got these on my short list:
Asus Xonar U7 - £72
Both similar on price, are there any others I should be considering and what would you guys go for?
Any helps appreciated!