EDIT: Nevermind, I forgot I had a topic on this from before. Thanks though!
So I'm trying to pick an external sound option for my gaming PC and HTPC. I plan use whichever one I purchase with each system, so that's why I want the external, USB, option. Basically, I'll use it on my gaming PC when gaming, then on my HTPC when I want to watch a movie.
I'm choosing between these two:
The Creative X-Fi 5.1 SB1095
The Asus Xonar U3
So, I'm looking for better performance than the sound options on my MoBos which are both Realtek. I have a set of Seinnhesier 429s, and a Zalman mic for my gaming PC. My HTPC would use the optical out to connect to my older 5.1 Sony surround sound system.
Budget is $50.
I like the X-Fi since it has volume control right on the box. My headphones don't have volume control built in. The X-Fi also has a remote which is nice. So I'm leaning towards the X-Fi as the better all around solution.
What do you all think?
Gaming: i5-3570k/Z77 Extreme4/212 Evo /Corsair 500R/Crucial Ballstix Tact 1600 CL8/MSI 7850 2GB OC/840 250gb/Rosewill Tachyon 550w/Win7
HTPC: i3 3225 /H77/8gb g.skill 1.25v/1+2TB HDD/Asus BR writer/Silverstone GD05B/Antec 380w/Ceton InfiniTV 4/Win7