Originally Posted by CupraSport
So I assume I should go for the EMU 0404 Digital Audio PCI then. I can use my on board sound for games etc. I really want a audiophile card that is not heavy on the wallet, otherwise this is going to be a non starter.
I'm afraid E-MU is now owned by creative
but at least they kept the initial designs and didn't "sound-blaster" them.
Alternatively, as mentioned check M-Audio Delta Audiophile 2496
In the past I used both and they offer good quality for money.
I would still stick with the E-MU in that price bracket as it has 192kHz sample rate compared to 96 for the M-Audio.
As you can see from the replies it is also very much a question of philosophy (like AMD - Intel etc.)
Edit: I should read better.
When using a sound card the onboard sound has to be disabled (in BIOS), you can either use onboard or PCI card.
I presume when you game you don't mix do you?
You might even get a few frames in modern 3D games more because your processor doesn't have to deal with sound effects any more.