hi guys i really need some advice on this cos i dont want to waste my money. ive been reading alot of reviews and these r the cards im looking at. 1st choice would be the Auzen X-Fi™ Forte 7.1 BUT i cant find 1 forsale in the uk. 2nd choice i think is the Asus Xonar Essence STX £144 cos it has the built in headphone amp 3rd choice Asus Xonar D2X 7.1 PCI-Express £94 (how much of a difference would i notice between this card and the more expensive asus one with the built in headphone amp) ? last choice which i know some of u will hate i think is Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium £100 reason why i put the creative one in there is cos i have had my creative x-fi fatality for about 4 years now i think or maybe longer and the only trouble i had with it is with the drivers for vista when vista 1st came out but then ever since service pack 2 its been great and im now on windows 7 pro 64bit with no problems with sound or drivers, also i read about the asus cards not supporting the eax 5 and the software it uses to try and emulate this for gaming doesnt always give a good 3d sound positioning very well so this is sort of putting me off the asus card a little. the Auzen X-Fi™ Forte 7.1 sounds perfect for me but i cant find one anywhere in the uk to buy and im not going to order one from another country. my main use for these cards is gaming and a bit of music. i have a very expensive setup in my front room for movies so i dont watch movies on my pc. i have a set of logitech z5500 5.1 speakers and a pair of sennheiser pc350 headphones (soon to change to the pc360) i use my headphones about 80% of the time. not sure if i need to take the eax thing into account as i dont think on windows 7 with the games i play use it, maybe someone here can let me know. battlefield badcompany 2 call of duty world at war call of duty mw 2 (not playing much due to finding multiplayer games is crap) future call of duty games. sorry for the long post but i really would like some help plz try not to just post saying dont get creative their drivers r crap cos ive not had any problems with their drivers for a long time (years) all this bloted drivers stuff i dont care about its the sound quality in my games i want.