I've only used onboard audio with my systems in the past, and imo I barely noticed much of a difference between them (from SoundMAX to Realtek to IDT and etc). I've heard that sound cards sound "insanely" better then any onboard, but I wouldn't know.
I mainly want to use my 5.1 audio system with SPDIF. I can get the SPDIF PCI bracket for my onboard Realtek chip for $12, but I have $30 lying around, and I saw that Xonar sound card. My question is, is it worth it?
I don't exactly care for those audio formats, I'm mainly looking for something just to make games sound a bit better, and if my limited understanding of audio is right, DDL and DTS-C are for movies and some music
Hmm, is there any way I can convert my speakers to be able to use the analog ports? Like from what I'm seeing, it accepts a standard 3.5mm jack, however, my speakers are basically just wire's on the end...