Lokking for the best deal and a little advice, the range is confusing and I cannot find a comparison chart that compares all the cards.
I want the best quality for the least money (of course :-) )
I want a digital out, no problem to but the extra cable creative sell, mainly for listening to music via my Sony STR-DG700 amp, so not really bothered about the card ability to decode as long as it can pass throught to my amp via a digital out.
The cheapest I have seen is the X-fi Extreme audio (oem) from ebuyer http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/121761/rb/27523290496http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/121761/rb/27523290496
but it is not clear if digital out is included or is this a very basic cut down version of the card.
I have also see the X-fi Extreme music (oem) from ebuyer http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/112512/rb/27523290496http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/112512/rb/27523290496
this also has the ability to connect the live drive type thingy, which I am not bothered about but the board design is very different from the audio version.
Now I am confused and I need one for my forthcoming Dell (thanks to Mike T for the great deal)