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What sound card for around 100-150 for gaming with high end headphones

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March 16, 2012 9:08:13 AM

Hey guys. New to the pc audio game. I am looking for something that will make my Beyerdynamic headphones sound real good while playing BF3 etc. I have also encountered a problem that I am confused about. I have an older set of logitech 5.1 speakers that are analog that I would use once in a while for music. I see that a lot of the newer cards don't have analog s/pdif connectors. Does that mean I cannot connect any speakers unless they are digital?

I also have another problem. My computer is in a tight spot so I would like the ability to have my headphones and speakers plugged in at once, without having to swap them out. If the sound card has a separate port for the headphones I wouldn't have to swap them out correct? What if the sound card doesn't have a separate headphone jack? Would I need to use a Y splitter, or switch to get what I am looking for? Will I lose noticeable quality by going with the y splitter or switch route?

I just DON'T want to have to climb under my desk every single time I want to listen to music on my desktop 5.1 speakers. And I want my older analog surround speakers to be able to plug in and work. (confused on how some cards say there is no analog s/pdif connectors.)

I was looking at the

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Was also looking at the ASUS Xonar cards, but they start getting a little pricey, and I don't know how well they perform for gaming with headphones. Do the asus cards have a technology comparable to HX TruStudio PC and Hardware Accelerated EAX 5.0 Effects like on the creative cards? Seems like a nice feature for gaming.

Thanks a bunch for your time.
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