Quality audio (bitstream/gaming) ... audio or video card?

I am currently building a new rig and was going to just my Xonar 1.3 slim but it appears with SLI the spot is covered. My only option is to either get a 1x audio card to go in the free 4x or 16x slot OR get a video card that bitstreams.

My question is, bitstreaming aside, what is the audio quality of some of these video cards for gaming?

Xonar 1.3 (anything other than slim has PCIe 1x)
GTS 450 (bitstreaming through PowerDVD)
ATI 5450 (bistreaming, no idea what program though)
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