Need Help, Looking For Sound Card

I've been using onboard sound for far too long, and it's time to pick up a dedicated sound card. I am a PC gamer, so help me pick accordingly. Some things I should point out...

- I was looking at the Creative Labs lineup, but heard so many horror stories with their cards
- I was looking at the Asus cards, but heard they are not great for gaming

Please post links to Newegg. Nothing more than $150 please.
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  1. For your PCI needs:

    Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102006

    For your PCI-E needs:

    Creative 70SB088000004 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Express 1x Interface PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102024

    I have the PCI one, and it works perfectly under Vista 64 now, however it did take them a while to get decent drivers for them.
  2. I've been on the "Stay away from Creative" bandwagon. I STILL can't get my extremeGamer to work right on any modern game (major scrathing sound), regardless of how i set it up (this is on XP, so theres no excuse). Naturally, onboard works just fine...

    If you want to take the chance, go ahead. But I wouldn't touch them at this point.
  3. You might want to look into the Razer Barracuda AC-1 as an alternative. The ASUS Xonar might also be worth looking into.
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