Question Help this old PCI sound card user find his way.

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I just upgraded my system. My old board had a PCI slot that was home to my beloved xfi-fatal1ty pro sound card. This card was and still is amazing for directional/immersive gaming audio and jamming out to tunes. It appears to me sound cards are now out of style? Has on-board sound caught up or are there other solutions out there that are better? I don't want to settle for anything less than what I was used to. Play a ton of FPS/open world games and am used to pin pointing exactly what direction a sound is coming from and love the immersive aspect of the directional audio. Where do I go from here?
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Aaron
 
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I just upgraded my system. My old board had a PCI slot that was home to my beloved xfi-fatal1ty pro sound card. This card was and still is amazing for directional/immersive gaming audio and jamming out to tunes. It appears to me sound cards are now out of style? Has on-board sound caught up or are there other solutions out there that are better? I don't want to settle for anything less than what I was used to. Play a ton of FPS/open world games and am used to pin pointing exactly what direction a sound is coming from and love the immersive aspect of the directional audio. Where do I go from here?
Thanks
Aaron
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Has on-board sound caught up or are there other solutions out there that are better? I don't want to settle for anything less than what I was used to. Play a ton of FPS/open world games and am used to pin pointing exactly what direction a sound is coming from and love the immersive aspect of the directional audio.
On new motherboard, built-in audio is comparable to high-end consumer sound card.

If you are a professional, using a separate sound card is sometimes required, otherwise you shouldn't bother with it.
 
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I finally got my system up and running and I have to say onboard sound (least on my board) has come a long ways. Not as good as my old PCI card, but not far enough behind to make me want a new card. My next sound upgrade will come in the form of a better headset. Thanks to everyone for chiming in.
 

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