I currently have an old Technics reciever with only RCA and digital inputs. I want a new reciever that I can play games in 7.1 via analog input. What's a good brand to look at. Looking to spend $200-300. For speakers I have a JBL 5.1 setup with 2 Gemini stage speakers. I plan to use the Geminies as my fronts in the new system. Dual room would be a nice feauture, but is not required
Edit: I have an X-Fi Fata1ty if that matters
You'll probably be better off asking in one of the audio forums for advice on brands/models. I can't think of any special features you would need specifically for gaming, so as long as the receiver has a full set of analogue inputs then it should do the trick.
It will be very difficult to find a receiver with a 7.1 analog input within your price range. For between $300-$400 online, you could get a Pioneer VSX-1016TXV or Yamaha HTR-5860. What else will you connect to this receiver? It's important to know because you may want a better quality receiver bought used rather than a lower quality one bought new.
For your needs, you couldn't go wrong with the Pioneer VSX-1016TXV. You can find it for just under $400 at some online places, and a little over $400 at others. It has HDMI switching across 2 inputs that accept 1080p. These HDMI inputs will handle the audio and passing of video for multichannel sources that do internal decoding of proprietary formats, such as HD DVD players. Like almost all other receivers, it will only do a straight pass-through for devices connected to its 7.1 analog input. The X-Fi has great bass management and calibration options, so this is ideal anyway as you bypass unnecessary A/D - > D/A conversion.
I should provide an addendum to the Pioneer VSX-1016TXV. To many people's dismay, its HDMI inputs will not accept multichannel LPCM, and it only acts as a 1080p capable HDMI switcher. It's still an incredible receiver for the price.