Re: Xmas $$$ upgrades =P
Then again if he has high end speakers, he'll probably want something from the X-Fi series. Way more features than any audigy out there. And yeah Ferrari, the only thing your reciever does is route sound to your speakers and give your speakers power. Your onboard sound is still doing the sound processing, which I don't see how you can live with it. I'd loose my mind if I had to go back to realtek AC97 with my Z-5500. But seriously, get an X-Fi Xtrememusic if you can find it, or any other X-Fi with Entertainment mode, because it will literally double your bass and your highs will be out the cieling.
Stacker 830 - e6600 @ 3.6ghz - Eva 9800GTX+
X-Fi Xtrememusic - 4GB OCZ SLI 1066
Sceptre 20.1" - Logitech Z5500 - Gigabyte DS3 965p