Re: I'm a noob at HT Audio
Well, in regards to the X-Fi's and gaming... that's mostly personal preference. I prefer my onboard over the X-fi. The only real benefit I saw with the X-Fi was the Crystallyzer thing... but I prefer using digital out and the only digital out my X-Fi had was a 3.5mm. Don't feel like getting another cable that I have to route from the back of my PC to my reciever.
So in short, to each their own I suppose.