Originally posted by septoid2
Yeah but an X-Fi is apparantly an amazing sound card. I'd get one if I could afford it Would be a step up from Realtek im sure.
I'm pretty sure that the only thing the X-Fi is really superior for is spatial imaging (which is good for gaming) and processing lots of sounds at once (which is also good for gaming). I doubt that the actual sound quality will be much better than any decent internal card, and definitely not for the price. If you're on a budget, go for the Chaintech AV-710, or if you've got a bit of money, an EMU.