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Thread Starter 
Sorry for making another "What are best for me?" threads. I'm decent with car audio but as you can guess, I don't know about computer audio.

I checked out Simca's thread and was still a little unsure of what I wanted so I copied the form.

1) Budget: ~$500 for everything
2) Music: Whole range of metal (85%), some rock/dubstep/rap (15%)
3) Perks: Gaming
4) Currently own: SupremeFX II card > Razer Carcharias
5) Location: USA

Other:
- This is going to join my new computer build when Bulldozer releases, so if it helps, I plan on buying the Crosshair V motherboard. (Dunno if I can use dual video cards without covering the PCI-Ex1 slot)
- I don't really need a speaker setup since I use my PS3 and TV for movies and such.
- Mic isn't a huge deal. If I need one, I can always plug my Razers in.
- I prefer over-the-ear type, but not giant cans like Logitech puts out.
- I'll be ripping my music collection to an external 1TB HDD to keep my computer unbloated (unless I'd be better off using an internal).

Thanks in advance.
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Not sure how much gaming you do, so that's the first question.

You should be looking at buying either Grado SR225is or Alessandro MS2s.

Then with the rest of the money purchase a sound card and if you still have money left over a pair of gaming headphones like AD700s...so...here are 2 options:

Titanium HD: 129 on Amazon.
Alessandro MS2 - 300.
AD700s, 93 dollars on Amazon.

Sell Carcharias. Sell sound card. ???? Profit.

Titanium HD 129
SR225i - 200
DT770s 80ohm - 170 or less

The 2nd is a bassier version for better gaming and dubstep, but takes away from rock/metal that you're into.

The 1st is geared towards you being a metalhead, which still good gaming, but not quite as wub wub wubby for dubstep.
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Thread Starter 
I do a decent amount of gaming, usually CS:S or L4D with the odd game here and there. I'll probably look around for a while since I'm picky about my computer hardware, but I appreciate your quick response and will start from there.
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After looking at the pictures of the motherboard, using a dual slot video card is going to force me to a PCI sound card. Your guide suggests using an Asus Essence, so I have a few questions.

If I happen to get a 2.1 speaker system down the road, will the Essence ST suffice or will I need the H6 addon?

Will the amp on the Essence work well with Ultrasone or Audio-Technica headphones? (I don't care for the look of Alessandro or Grados)
(More specifically Ultrasone 750 for music and A/AD900 for gaming)

Is it safe to assume closed back 'phones for music and open back for gaming?

I don't mind going above my budget for 2 sets of cans as long as they are comfortable and good quality.

And as always, appreciate your time and help.
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Originally Posted by InfernoReaper;13726307 
After looking at the pictures of the motherboard, using a dual slot video card is going to force me to a PCI sound card. Your guide suggests using an Asus Essence, so I have a few questions.

If I happen to get a 2.1 speaker system down the road, will the Essence ST suffice or will I need the H6 addon?

Will the amp on the Essence work well with Ultrasone or Audio-Technica headphones? (I don't care for the look of Alessandro or Grados)
(More specifically Ultrasone 750 for music and A/AD900 for gaming)

Is it safe to assume closed back 'phones for music and open back for gaming?

I don't mind going above my budget for 2 sets of cans as long as they are comfortable and good quality.

And as always, appreciate your time and help.

ST will allow 2.1 speakers straight from the card, no need for the H6.

Ultrasones and Audio Technica are generally low impedance headphones and don't even really require amping so yeah the ST will be more than enough for amplification purposes.

Generally that seems to be the trend. Airyness from being open back is great for gaming while closed headphones tend to echo off the enclosure which isn't great for gaming, but there are exceptions.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Asus M4A79T Deluxe NVIDIA GTX 670 FTW OCZ Platinum 4GB 1600 DDR3 
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OCZ Vertex 2 90GB & Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB Scythe MUGEN-2 Microsoft Windows 8 Professional Dell UltraSharp u2410 & Samsung 2333SW 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G15 OCZ GameXStream 700w HAF 932 Advanced Logitech G300 
AudioAudioAudioAudio
Denon AVR-1912 Harman Kardon Infinity Primus P153  HIFIMAN HE-400 Vsonic GR07 
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