Hey there. I just wanted to get some updated info about the effects of a good sound card on gaming performance and quality. I'm going to be building a new rig soon I've been looking at all the components that I will be getting. I want to know how much of an impact having a decent sound card really has. I've always just used my mobo's integrated sound but now that I'm spending a fair bit of money on a new gaming rig, I want it to be as good as it can while still on a budget. That's why I want to know if I can cut 100$ off the total without sacrificing a tonne of potential performance. I bought a Creative Audigy SE (30 dollar card) to see if there was any difference at all on my current rig and didn't really notice any. Obviously it's not exactly a gaming sound card but it's making me wonder and thus prompting this thread. What can you tell me?