Re: Sound Card Vs. Onboard
I think onboard is worse than any, and can slow your PC down too.
I have a Sound Blaster Live too, and it still works fine with my speakers. It supports 3.1 surround by the way. I use it on 2.1 speakers though.
I'd upgrade to a better sound card if I thought the quality of music was going to be any better.
I know X-FI's sound good because of the output Sound to Noise ratio, and also the surroudn setting for standard headphones. That sounds impressive.
I might try and get hold of some Logitech (z5500's or something) ones if I got a new sound card. At the moment I'm using a Creative 2.1 Inspire set. There alright, and bass is quite good, but they don't really blow me away. But they can be powerful in some music. For instance, trance, etc.
Abit IP35 Pro / Q6600 G0 / Zalman 9700 / 8800GTS 640mb / 4x 2GB Corsair XMS / X-FI Xtreme M / 1x 1TB / Antec 900 / Logitech Z-5500 / Samsung 20inch