hey guys i am starting a HTPC/Gaming computer. i need a sound card tho... id like it to have a mic and also optical out supporting DLL... i dont care about price but im limited to buying from CanadaComputers and TigerDirect. thanks in advance
Minimum card that meets requirements is the ASUS Xonar DX, however, the mic input is shared with the digital output. So if you want both at the same time, you'd need to upgrade to the ASUS Xonar D2(X). The HT Omega Striker is a slightly cheaper option if you find the D2(X) too expensive.