I've been using Sound blaster cards for awhile now. Back in the late 90s, motherboard audio was nonexistent or atrocious. Since then I can say they have definitely improved sound. Using the Asus Z77V series as a reference, they have definitely come a long way from the earlier days. (Not counting the C64 or Amiga of course which were both ahead of their time,) Still, I would notice something missing from music or the occasional crackle in sound. If you work with MIDI files for example you can hear the difference in quality easily. This card while definitlely a budget card, gets the job done. Easy to install into any available PCI slot. Literally opened the case, unscrewed a bracklet, mounted the card into place, secured it and closed the case. My build uses Windows 7 Home Premium, SP1 and the card is fine. DON'T INSTALL THE DRIVERS FROM THE PROVIDED DISC. Instead, if your computer detects the card, let it instal. My system did not, but I verified it was there through the device manager. I went over to creative.com and clicked on support, chose the Audigy SE and the drivers for both windows 7 and 8 are right there to download. Follow the instructions provided and no problems. It is bare bones, but the sound whether a CD, movie, MP3, Midi or module file is crisp and clean. Card has various enhancements at your disposal and support for various speaker setups. I've had this card in many systems and have never been disappointed. Don't install the drivers from the disc, head over to the website and you'll be fine. At $30 or less, it's still a great deal.