Yeah that's kind of the problem, space is slightly limited.
I live in a one bedroom apartment, and although it is slightly large for a student's place there isn't that much free room. I thought if I went with active speakers that would save me some space and hassle of worrying about amps etc. though I know that method allows more upgrade-ability.
That actually brings up a good point though, I have a glass L shaped desk that's pressed against a corner. Where am I going to fit these giant speakers? Since I'm going 2.1 I'm certainly not going surround. I guess I'm just used to smaller monitors by my...monitor.
Originally Posted by Wararchon
Grab a Xonar DX/D1 or DG for like $50 on ebay and then spend the rest. Getting high quality speakers won't mean much if your using onboard sound.
So then you're saying my first step in upgrading should be the sound card? I'd rather tackle this one component at a time then getting cheaper components and replacing them, though admittedly that may not be the greatest plan for an increase in quality it seems like the most economically efficient method.
I should also note that although an upgrade may be in my near future, I was under the impression that my board has some decent onboard sound. I think it has Realtec ALC899 8 Channel HD Audio with optical and coaxial outputs. Nothing to write home about, but perhaps a little better than the typical onboard?Edited by MR_Plow - 8/13/11 at 1:31am