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i have 120$. i need both a moniter and a new sound setup. i am NOT going to split the money on both.

i can spend ~50$ on a xonar dg and samson sr850s. this is coming from integrated sound and a 2.0 speaker setup from a compaq 9 years ago.

or i can spend 120$ on a new moniter. this will be coming from a '15 1024x768 display that i guess i have grown used to.

i game a lot but also listen to music. WHAT TO DO?
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I would personally put $120 towards new speakers in your situation. While gaming on a 15" display doesn't sound fun at all, $120 isn't going to get you an outstanding monitor. For $120, I would grab some M-Audio Studiophile AV40 speakers. If your budget was $20-40 more, I would recommend buying the monitor instead (again, person preference)

With this in mind, I imagine that you plan on buying whichever you don't pick down the road.

It also depends on What you plan to do in terms of upgrading in the future and what you are satisfied with. Some people are fine with $80 speakers but need $300+ monitors while others are perfectly content with $100 monitors but spend up to thousands in audio equipment.

Just do what would satisfy you the most at this current point in time. Buy a decent 20" monitor if you think that will hold you off from upgrading for some time or some decent speakers like M-Audio Studiophile AV40 if they will hold you off from upgrading.
Edited by OldMold - 10/25/11 at 1:44pm
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post #3 of 14
monitor is more important imo. but i agree with oldmold ..$120 is not really enough for a good monitor.
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Here decent monitor!

ASUS VH226H Black 21.5" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen 16:9 Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 12000 : 1) Built in Speakers

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236051

129$ after mail rebate! 2ms response time!
Edited by insyxion - 10/25/11 at 2:00pm
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post #5 of 14
i'd recommend getting a 23"-24" inch if you can stretch your budget a little more.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by insyxion;15450961 
Here decent monitor!

ASUS VH226H Black 21.5" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen 16:9 Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 12000 : 1) Built in Speakers

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236051

129$ after mail rebate! 2ms response time!

you honestly haven't heard any good speakers on good games.

Just mentioning the built in speakers really shows your lack of good sound knowledge.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Domino;15451075 
you honestly haven't heard any good speakers on good games.

Just mentioning the built in speakers really shows your lack of good sound knowledge.

Would you rather have good speakers and play on low resolution?
"OR" would you rather have decent speakers and play on HIGH resolution, better quality, smoother game and much better quality?
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post #9 of 14
Grab a better monitor!

I was able to get mine for under $140 a couple years ago. I bought it on Ebay from a Best buy outlet. Was supposed to be "used". It was in brand new condition. Never used, still factory wrapped.

You can grab some new speakers or headphones later.
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here video of the "so called bad speakers"

[ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQV9rF2TdWg[/ame]

MONITOR with speakers.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236051

ASUS VH226H Black 21.5" 2ms
129$ after mail rebate! 2ms response time
Edited by insyxion - 10/25/11 at 2:16pm
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