Originally Posted by Broodjegehaktmetmayo
I'm a bit of an audio freak
Me too. However, Creative cards are more for gamers; audio lovers typically go for M-Audio or something like that. I don't think you will hear much difference if you use a "typical" computer speaker. Now if you take a digital output from the sound card and connect to a decent stereo, that's different.
FWIW, I still use the old Quad 57 electrostatic loudspeakers. Quirky as hell, and very directional, but they still sound great.