Creative sound card? Ohh, it burns! In all seriousness, both the HT Omega and the Xonar line are excellent cards which don't use Creative chips and all have Windows 7 drivers. I assume, by the links you have posted, you're in Australia, so no Newegg or TigerDirect for you, unfortunately. The Xonar is sold at Scorptec.com.au but I haven't linked to them below. I've used the Xonar D2
and the D2X
, both are premium cards designed for pro-sumers so they may be out of your price range. The Xonar DX
models are good, though not as feature rich or expensive, as the D2 and D2X. Note that the DX and the D2X are both designed for PCI-E X1 whereas the DS and D2 are for standard PCI. HT Omega, though good is not sold at that website, but if you want to try and search for one, the HT Omega Striker
is an inexpensive, and surprisingly featured, card. As for the headset, I have that too but I don't use it often as I don't like on-ear headphones that much. They will do the job. I hear the Creative SB WoW USB Gaming Headset
is really nice, it has a wireless version too.
Edited by DJBPace07, 20 April 2010 - 02:30 AM.