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Hey, guys. I just last night ordered all of the components needed for a nice rig (not too nice, but nice enough), as well as signing up on OCN yesterday. Anyway, I realized that I missed out on one peripheral that could really benefit me for my gaming; a decent headset. However, I'm also interested in a 64gb SSD. After spending $1200 on a rig in one night, I can't see myself justifying buying both. So, which do you guys think is a more worthwhile investment?
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The SSD, hands down.
    
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A decent headset. I will tell you right now that 99% of OCN will recommend you buy AD700's or HD555's, as well as a decent sound card (Xonar DG/DS).
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A decent headset. I will tell you right now that 99% of OCN will recommend you buy AD700's or HD555's, as well as a decent sound card (Xonar DG/DS).
Would it be worth investing in a 5.1 channel card if the headphones don't even support true 5.1 SS?
Edited by Infinite Jest - 6/5/11 at 10:24am
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benefits of 64gb ssd (typical things to put in are OS, browser & 2 other large sized apps that you use frequently): faster boot, faster web browsing & faster load times for apps (in your case, for ~2-3 games). if you play online fps & rts games, no point loading them faster as you're going to have to wait for everyone else to load. if you play (mmo)rpg games, there will be a huge, noticeable difference in scene-to-scene load times. if those don't sweeten your taste for the ssd, then just get the headset.
also depending on the HDD you bought (7200rpm, 10k rpm, sshdd hybrid), you might also want to factor that into your decision making. if you bought a slow hdd, all the more reason to get a ssd. if you've already got something like a momentus xt, go ahead and buy a headset.

EDIT: it'll be nice if you could post up your specs. i'm sure the forum will be interested in your new build, especially those who have a similar budget. Scroll up > User CP > System Information on left panel & Add System). it'll also help in the future should you approach ocn for advice ^^
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Would it be worth investing in a 5.1 channel card if the headphones don't even support true 5.1 SS?
unless you're an audiophile or have future plans to upgrade your rig's sound capabilities, don't waste your cash. most motherboards already support at least 5.1 surround without the aid of a soundcard. gamers usually stick to their onboard sound as in-game sounds aren't very complex to begin with (ie. an explosion is an explosion. only going to last for a second).

also, if you're going to want to hear a difference in the quality of sounds, you're going to have to spend much more than $120 as cards within that price range have little quality difference from most modern onboard sound.
    
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unless you're an audiophile or have future plans to upgrade your rig's sound capabilities, don't waste your cash. most motherboards already support at least 5.1 surround without the aid of a soundcard. gamers usually stick to their onboard sound as in-game sounds aren't very complex to begin with (ie. an explosion is an explosion. only going to last for a second).

also, if you're going to want to hear a difference in the quality of sounds, you're going to have to spend much more than $120 as cards within that price range have little quality difference from most modern onboard sound.
Thanks for your input! I'm heading out for a bit now, but when I get back, I'll post my specs and bump this thread back up.

EDIT: This is my mobo. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131703
Also, have a spinpoint F3 7200rpm SATAII HDD.
Edited by Infinite Jest - 6/5/11 at 3:45pm
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Would it be worth investing in a 5.1 channel card if the headphones don't even support true 5.1 SS?
I wouldn't say its worth it. I don't know too much about sound though. I'm using some gaming headset (which OCN hates) and a $40 set of 2.1 speakers with my integrated sound card
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Alright guys. Have my sig rig up. I guess surround sound isn't incredibly necessary for a headset anyway. (Had turtlebeaches *cough*junk*cough* when I had my Xbox 360, and the 5.1 headset I had actually made it harder to spatially recognize sound that the simulated Surround stereo set) Could you guys point me to a thread on here recommending headsets in the $100 dollar range? Also, since it seems the headphones recommended thus far have been just that, headphones and not headsets (i.e. missing a mic), what kind of solution would you recommend for a microphone for use with the headset? I'm incredibly tempted to not buy groceries this week and get both an SSD and a pair of headphones/headset.
Edited by Infinite Jest - 6/5/11 at 5:29pm
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All you need to know and more about headphones/headsets:

http://www.overclock.net/sound-cards...-headsets.html


As for the microphone get a Zalman Microphone Zm-Mic1, I got one from a local store for $10, damn good for the price.
Edited by OrangeBunnies - 6/5/11 at 5:34pm
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