The Philips Acoustic Edge gets my vote. It's a top notch sound card, sounds great, and has no compatibility problems that I've experienced. In fact it fixed some DMA problems in my A7M266 (the infamous 686B southbridge) that I was experiencing with a SBLive! Platinum 5.1 (yes I tried all of the patches).
Nice part is that it costs around $75-100 and sounds as good or better than the Platinum 5.1. It's just a sound card, though, so if the front input/control panel (LiveDrive!) on the 5.1 is important to you, it's about the only system that has that.
Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. - Mark Twain<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by DesertCat on 07/18/01 10:18 AM.</EM></FONT></P>