Depends what you want from your soundcard. If you like CMSS3D or play games that make use of EAX in some way, you will want to stick with Creative, or Auzentechs X-fi series. The new Creative ZXR should be good, but it might be wise to wait for reviews. The Phoebus is a very good card. If you cant feed analogue 5.1 into your amp, you will have to compromise on the sound quality of 5.1 or get a better setup.