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Ok i need speakers for my sig rig. I am running the sound card off my mobo for now. ( possible future upgrade) I have put this off long enough. I planned on this a while back ,but i got side tracked. I am looking for something in the 100-150$ range. Buying today or tommorow
Any suggestions/experience/opinions would be great.

Choices so far.
1. Creative T40
2. M audio AV30
3. M audio AV40
4. ANY NEW IDEAS?

Also what is the differnce between the MKII model of the M audio speakers?
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Edifier 1900TII/2000T
Microlab Solo 5/5C and higher (7C may be out of budget)
Lepai Amp + Polk M30II (if going passive ok)
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The Klipsch ProMedia 2.1s are nice. I'm not sure how they are for gaming, as I use a headset for gaming. However, they are great for music imo.
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Dayton DTA-100a mini amp ($100), Dayton B652 bookshelfs ($35). Save for a sub later. Get a sound card first though.

Of if you can spend more, we can always find better passive speakers too.

I'd rather build something myself with upgrade potential, rather than buying and having to stick with an all in one box kit.
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Dayton DTA-100a mini amp ($100), Dayton B652 bookshelfs ($35). Save for a sub later. Get a sound card first though.

Of if you can spend more, we can always find better passive speakers too.

I'd rather build something myself with upgrade potential, rather than buying and having to stick with an all in one box kit.
Ok great advice "btw" So i was under the impression my onboard was pretty good. What soundcard do you recommend?

I can go 150$ maybe 200 at the most for speakers and maybe a $100 for sound card? I cant really justify more than that for my needs. ( seems like overkill) I would rather buy another GTX580 ( THATS NOT OVERKILL)
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I don't know sound cards sadly. I've heard good things about the Asus Xonar line though.
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if your going to spend more than say 80$ you should get a soundcard, allot of the time you will not notice a difference, however in some cases its light and day, for instance b4 and after my soundcard finding things via sound in game like gun shots and whatnot, huge huge difference
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See what you started now my mind is telling me i should get these instead! ( probably be ok with some 20$ logitechs!!) lol jk


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if your going to spend more than say 80$ you should get a soundcard, allot of the time you will not notice a difference, however in some cases its light and day, for instance b4 and after my soundcard finding things via sound in game like gun shots and whatnot, huge huge difference
Probably a good idea! Thanks I guess i do want to get the most out of my speaker dollar.
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See what you started now my mind is telling me i should get these instead! ( probably be ok with some 20$ logitechs!!) lol jk

Amazon.com: Pair of Cerwin Vega VE-5M Bookshelf Speakers 125 Watt 2 speakers: Electronics

Amazon.com: Infinity Primus Two-way 6 1/2-Inch Bookshelf/Satellite Speaker (Black, Each): Electronics
If your budget can stretch a little further, to include sound card, $100 amp, and more expensive bookshelfs....

Polk Monitor 40's come to mind, or the Polk TSi100's. Maybe even find a pair of Klipsh Ref's used somewhere. I've seen some good speakers sold here in the OCN Marketplace too, for cheap.

Of course, you would want a subwoofer later too (who doesn't). At that point, you'd be looking at a Dayton SUB120 for a great budget sub (and clean sounding), at $160. Like I said, that can be added later though.
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