i'm looking to put a good card in my rig, now that i have money again after building it. i have looked around a lot and have basically decided that anything below $130 can't get the job done that i want (i.e. b-enspirer, ht omega striker, fatal1ty pro, auzentech x-plosion, m-audio offerings). i am looking for the best possible quality that also supports DTSC and DDL (rules out most x-fi cards). as for DACs, nothing more than a single stereo DAC for the fronts needs to be super high quality as i will use that for headphones. i will game in surround via the DTS-C or DD-L, if i ever do analog surround (doubtful) it'd be some cheap 7.1 for gaming only. EAX is favored, but not 100% necessary. Same with front panel I/O, favored but not a must. all of that in mind, i'm thinking about the following (all have great D/A conversion, i don't care about A/D as i'll never be recording anything): Auzentech X-Fi Prelude - 120dB SNR, EAX 5.0, DDL/DTSC, front panel I/O, swappable op-amps (X-Fi) HT Omega Claro+ - 115dB SNR, EAX 2.0, excellent analog, DDL/DTSC, front panel I/O (CMI8788) ASUS Xonar D2 - 118dB SNR, EAX 2.0, DTSI/DDL, shielded, NO front panel I/O (AV200) Creative X-Fi fatal1ty pro or champion? all of those are ~$180 range, i am currently leaning towards the auzentech.