Hey guys, I have a bit of a dillema and I have to fix it. I've recently assembled a new computer, i won't bother you with the specs, but it has 2 SLI video cards (780 Ti). I have an internal soundcard, a X-FI Titanium HD which served me flawlessly for some years now. In my book, this is the best audiophile computer sound card for that price range I tested (and I tested a few at the time including some external DACs). The problem now is that I get alot of static from my video cards and when playing games or doing intense renderings/computings, the static gets louder and louder and drives me crazy. I really tried to stick to this card and fix the issue with no success. Changed mb drivers, cables, outlets, PCIe slots...everything.
Long story short, the only solution I see right now is to buy an external USB card that has at least the same sound quality as my X-FI and doesn't cost 1000 bucks. I also own a Focusrite Saffire 6 USB card which sounds okish, but has a very low output and ..doesn't work under Windows 8.1. I own a pair of Mackie amp speakers, so the sound quality really matters to me. Do you guys have any suggestions? I haven't kept track of any cards for the past 3-4 years and even if I researched a bit, I decided to ask the good folk here on AVS. Shortly, the cards needs to sound at least as good as my X-FI (if not better) and to be compatible with WIndows 8.1. Thanks alot in advance