7.1 headset now I need 7.1 soundcard. Help!!

I've been building myself a dream machine and I need some advice in the sound card department. I own a pair of razer Tiamat 7.1 headphones and I am looking for the Best Possible Soundcard for them! Price is not a concern.

So far from my own research I have come between 2 cards (feel free to suggest others) which are.

HT Omega Claro +Plus 7.1
Vs
Auzen X-Meridian 7.1 2G

As far as I can tell these cards don't have the same virtual 3D headphone surround stuff that most creatove cards have. do I need to worry about that seeing as they are physically 7.1 headphones being plugged into 7.1 analog connections? I would prefer to stay away from creative labs, my last 2 builds I went with them and I was disappointed each time.

My focus is 100% gaming as I've converted my last PC into my music machine. I play mostly FPS games and I want to hear my enemies perfectly from exact locations. ;)

Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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  1. either choice will be good. as there both very nice bits of kit...
    X-Meridian is more for the tuner as you can install your own caps to get a smoother richer sound or a harsher mid tone which is better for gaming.
    so i would be inclined to pick that 1 but thats because i like getting the soldering iron out and having a much about to see if i can improve things... some times they go bang other times i get a nice surprise.
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