Okay, I'm looking for a sound card, as onboard just doesn't do my Z5500's justice. Mostly, it'll be used for music, but I game quite a bit, enough to want good gaming support. Originally, I was just going to go buy a Soundblaster X-Fi fatality/whatever edition. I've decided against that now, first off because Creative's blundered and threatening to sue a guy who makes custom drivers for their cards that fix what they never bothered to do themselves. Further, I keep hearing bad things about their cards, so I'd just like to stay away from them in general. So I was looking at an HT Omega Striker card, but unfortunately the only place in the US that sells them is Newegg. They got them in stock yesterday morning, and they're already sold out again. So I was thinking about getting the Claro series, but I found out they don't support all of the EAX settings, and they cost a whole lot more. Is it worth buying them in spite of the EAX bit? I don't exactly know how much of a difference EAX is going to make in gaming sound anyway, but if at all possible, I'd like good quality sound AND gaming support if possible. The only other requirement I have is that I need optical out. Any advice?