I'm with Dent. The time of soundcards is OVER. They were very important 10+ years ago. Now it is all down to the amp and speakers. What differentiates a soundcard today is just the quality of the pre-amp section of the board. An external amp/decoder is far better than ANY PCI/PCIe soundcard until you go ProAudio. But really, that's a professional market for music production, and gamers dont need to venture into that space.
... some things in life just drive you bonkers. Especially the rubbish you see in forum posts