I've been wanting to upgrade my Chaintech AV-710 for a while now. It's a great audio, music, movie, DVD playback card (analog or digital), but it limited to EAX 2.0 in gaming.
I've done some research, and the Xtreme FaTly1 or summat is "best", but I just want something better than my AV-710 in gaming, sound good too for music, movies, dvds..and not have many problems with Windows 7.
Xtreme Gamer has a best rating/seller on Newegg, but comparing its specs to the Xtreme Audio, I don't see much difference. There's also the now discontinued Xtreme Music, which is like the Gamer but with better DACs or op-amps. Also, there's Auzen Tech's X-fi series...but they seem abit too pricey.
FYI - My mobo is a miro ATX, and only has 1 usable PCI slot, and I think (maybe) I can fit a PCIe x1 card in there too. The chipset heatsink is right behind it, and might interfere. I'll try and get a shot in there to post later.
I would like to keep the price under $100, EAX 4.0 or better, PCI pref. but I might fit a PCIe 1x in also.
edit: pic attached