I'm custom building a computer for college in the fall and am looking for sound card recomendations. Primary listening will be through some headphones (not 100% sure which ones yet) and will likely have a set of cheap (~$10) stereo speakers hooked up as well. I am thinking that I really do not need a card that does 5.1 or anything like that because all of my listening will be stereo. Yet, I do not want to cheap out because I want my stereo listening to sound good. But, at the same time I will be on a budget. Initially, I'll probably be listening with the headphones plugged right into the sound card and later will probably construct a DIY headphone amp. Most of the motherboards I've looked at have onboard sound (ABIT IC7). Will this be an option for the listening I am looking at doing? Or is it still wise to invest in a card. I appreciate your help in pointing me in the right direction.