Looking for a sound card recommendation please

Hi - having problems with my on board realtek sound. Looking for a recommendation on a sound card. Just something good, that is protected from interference (if poss) and has good drivers and unintrusive and un-obnoxious software. I use my PC for work, gaming and entertainment. Don't need it to hook up to any external hardware other than headphones and PC speakers.

I am not necessarily looking for something cheap, but I don't want to overspend on something which I won't use the extras on.

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    Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi or the ASUS Xonar Essence ST(X).. They aren't cheap but they're definitely very good.
  2. Asus Xonar DX, it's less expensive then the STX but isn't cheap junk
  3. Went for the Asus STX. It was one I was already looking at but felt initially that it would be overkill. But OMG, the whole PC world feels new to me again. Music sounds flawless and gaming, it feels like going from onboard GPU to a GTX780 to make a visual reference to the difference in quality. Everything sounds more authentic and realistic like you're almost there. The positional surround is hyper precise.
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