For those concerned about the Razer Barracuda AC-1, see: http://www.phoronix.net/forums/showt...=2529#post2529
Please keep AC-1 discussion/questions in that thread, since this thread has been about sound card recommendations in general.
I've gone ahead and purchased the Chaintech AV-710 after reading the review, this thread, and seeing the price and reviews on Newegg. With a price of $21 bucks you can't go wrong, and I feel better about buying a non-Creative card than otherwise. I'm sure this will work for my purposes (gaming mostly) better than the on-board device.
Hard to beat $21! I'm sure you'll find it's worth more than that once in your rig.