I have a gigabyte mobo and kept the sb live value as it's always been good for me - I've had bad experiences with onboard sound as I play a lot of games - Id definitely recommend keeping the sb live value
in most cases yes, the M-Audio Revolution and the Turtle Beach Santa Cruz are better cards.... but often hard to find. THe creative cards have alot of resource conflicts, and other little annopying bugs if not installed correctly.
i'll suggest the Hercules Gamesurround Fortissimio III... great card for $50 i think... supports up to 7.1 and has digi out...
but looking at that Terratec Aureon 5.1 fun it looks good, no price though. I like the digital input aspect of it... then i would be able to hook my PS2 to my comp for sound!! anyone get a price check on that?
then maybe i can sell my Fortissimo III card to someone... basically new