I have to tell you that if you want to get that X-Fi or any other high end soundcard, get a 5.1 surround speakers to go with it. Otherwise, it's a huge waste of money. If you don't planning on getting any speakers, but use a simple 2-channel speaker setup, than get a basic Audigy2 card and save:
Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Value SB0400 8 (7.1) Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card - Retail
It's still a nice sound card.
The monitor is working great. No complaints, even if you try to squeeze on out of me. I just can't seem to find anything wrong with it. It's super bright even when looking at it from the side. No ghosting, vibrant colors, and it handles every game I throw at it. The price gone down for that particular monitor so if you plan on getting it, you're getting a good deal now.