Anyone recommend a good sound card with 7.1 support for about £80? Im not sure what to get.
Many say that the onboard sound has become very good in the last few years and a sound card isn't needed. Creative's fiasco with poor driver/tech support and other dubious actions hasn't helped.
However there are some good options and depending on what you want to do such as Asus, etc. One compnayy that I really like is HT Omega. I don't know where to link for the UK nor do I know if you can purchase or if they fit your budget but here is a link for you to at least become familiar with their offerings:
Acer (Gateway/Emachine), HP all seem to be using Realtek HD 7.1 sound chips with HDMI. No real issues but make sure they're updated. So look for PCI or PCI-E (better) with Realtek HD 7.1 sound.
I haven't encountered any bad Creative drivers... using an X-Fi Titanium with Win7 ultimate and it's working perfectly; sounds amazing. Hard to not recommend.
you might like this Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium 7.1 Sound Card - OEM £74.99 inc VAT £63.82 ex VAT
X-Fi Titanium with Win7 ultimate.
this is a good ideal.
Has creative drivers improved because i used them in the past and the drivers was not that good at all.
Yes the Creative drivers have improved greatly over the last couple of years... but so has on-board sound