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In general, is it better to use a gaming headset while playing FPS or just using a good sound system (barring the much better team communication abilities of a headset)? What headset would be best / can be worn for a long time without hurting the ears?

As far as sound cards go, I've never bought one, but I do appreciate quality sound. What would you suggest as the best sound card within a decent budget (thinking $100-$200)?
post #2 of 20
budget for the headphone / headset?

But yes, anyway, a proper headphone + external mic is much better than a gaming headset for value.
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budget for the headphone / headset?

But yes, anyway, a proper headphone + external mic is much better than a gaming headset for value.
Somewhere between $100-200 USD for a headset.
post #4 of 20
about the Sound card since its for gaming i would recommend you these cards

Creative Titanium HD (170$) considered the best Gaming card now...i will go for this one
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102033

or the Creative X-Fi titanium (under 100$)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102024

less money = go either to X-Fi extreme gamer or Asus DG but those are cheap yet they are better than on-board

as for Headphones i recommended this AD700 (95$)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...4&Tpk=ad%20700

hope that helpd
    
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OP, where do you live as pricing is different for different places around the world? What's your budget in your local currency?
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about the Sound card since its for gaming i would recommend you these cards

Creative Titanium HD (170$) considered the best Gaming card now...i will go for this one
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102033

or the Creative X-Fi titanium (under 100$)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102024

less money = go either to X-Fi extreme gamer or Asus DG but those are cheap yet they are better than on-board

as for Headphones i recommended this AD700 (95$)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...4&Tpk=ad%20700

hope that helpd
Thanks mate. I was looking at those two Creative ones and was wondering if anyone can tell from personal experience if the Creative Titanium HD was worth the price differential. I will add though, that I do listen to music a bit on my computer, so if those soundcards are (somehow) crappy for music, I'd prefer not. I'll take a look into those headphones.


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OP, where do you live as pricing is different for different places around the world? What's your budget in your local currency?
I live in America, so I can buy things on Newegg with USD.
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Thanks mate. I was looking at those two Creative ones and was wondering if anyone can tell from personal experience if the Creative Titanium HD was worth the price differential. I will add though, that I do listen to music a bit on my computer, so if those soundcards are (somehow) crappy for music, I'd prefer not. I'll take a look into those headphones.
they are good in music/movies BUT Asus card beats CREATIVE in that category a little bet
its all about what do you need form your Sound Card:
Gaming => Creative
Music/Movies => Asus

but never mind all will perform good in both thing , its just minor difference
and if you went for top tier card like the Titanium HD will never tell any difference at all

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they are good in music/movies BUT Asus card beats CREATIVE in that category a little bet
its all about what do you need form your Sound Card:
Gaming => Creative
Music/Movies => Asus

but never mind all will perform good in both thing , its just minor difference
and if you went for top tier card like the Titanium HD will never tell any difference at all

again hope that helped
Thanks! How noticeable is the difference in sound quality between the Titanium HD and the lower Creative sound card?
post #9 of 20
The Titanium HD is one of the best consumer sound cards I have ever used. I like the Essence ST/STX and HTOmega Claro XT just as well, but they use C-Media chipsets.

All three cards sound absolutely amazing. People that do not like the Titanium HD for music should simply swap out two of the OpAmps for a pair of National LME49720NA's. $20 later and that sound card is my personal favorite in music, movies AND games.
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The Titanium HD is one of the best consumer sound cards I have ever used. I like the Essence ST/STX and HTOmega Claro XT just as well, but they use C-Media chipsets.

All three cards sound absolutely amazing. People that do not like the Titanium HD for music should simply swap out two of the OpAmps for a pair of National LME49720NA's. $20 later and that sound card is my personal favorite in music, movies AND games.
Spoken like a true audiophile! I'll take a look at the Titanium HD. My ears may not be that refined though
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