Onkyo SE-U55 USB Audio processor - Works easily on my systems(didn't need to install drivers), offers a *lot* of connectivity in a small package while still sounding pretty good(compared to most soundcards). 44.1khz output. It is also a cheap stand alone DAC when powered by correct AC adaptor or self powered USB hub. Digital Coax in/out, toslink in/out, RCA in/out, headphone jack, mic jack.
I also have a self-powered USB + firewire combo hub/repeater I might stand to lose as well which provides both power with AC adapter, ~6 ft Usb cable extension, and more ports for USB and firewire devices.
Thinking about X-mas gifts? I have an extremely well kept gameboy advanced system as shown here with games, case, and accessories. Kept screen scatchfree and polished with soft wipes.