Hey, I was looking to get a pci-e sound card at around 100~150$. I'll be using it for primarily gaming and music. From reading lots of previous posts people seem to steer clear of creative, which rules out the X-fi titanium I was looking at. Someone recommended the AuzenTech Forte, it seems to have about what I want, EAX 5 support for games etc. Any other thoughts?
I'm not against getting a sound card, but is the onboard sound not sufficient for your needs? Most of the onboard solutions are actually quite good these days. That would give you $150 for some other upgrade (or to save for a future upgrade).
Just my 2 cents. If you do want to spend it, I've heard good things about the Asus Xonar, which was already pointed out.
All the PCI E models are the exact same as the PCI counter parts and usually about $30 cheaper. Usually people get the PCI E because they either dont have a PCI slot open or they just want it there are no performance or quality gains when it comes to sound cards and the interface.