Soundcard recommendation

Since my onboard Realtek chip died. Im looking for a soundcard that works without taking Valium for 1 week and installing the whole system in the process several times.

I would welcome if some of you guys have some recommendations for me. Please only newer ones.

Little sidenote…after listening to some jazz on my friends Computer with an ASUS Xonar D2X/XDT…I have to say I was impressed how huge the different was. So I’m happy that the death of my onboard sound gave me the chance to find that out.

Xonar does figure in this list a live cd and run it on your’s friends machine and check whether the card gets dtected
That should confirm some doubts