Re: Need a cheapish PCI-E sound card
You may have a third option. You don't list what motherboard you have, but I'm going to assume it has fairly decent on-board audio, considering your CPU. You can have most of the functionality of an X-Fi with Creative's software solution. I think it's simply called Creative X-Fi MB2. You can buy it directly from them, and it works on most realtek audio solutions. It should give you ALchemy, EAX 5.0, Crystalizer, the EQ and other controls that the X-Fi cards offer, and it costs around $25. If you really want another dedicated X-Fi, the only you're looking at should be fine. The Titanium HD is the only one that is really special.