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Hello, I am looking to get away from onboard audio and grab a decent set of sound card. I want to get some really good quality audio for gaming, but I really don't have any experience in audio.

Are there some any good sound card options for gamers? Say $50-$150 range? I jsut reallyw ant to start getting into immersive audio for my games as opposed to earbuds and onboard audio.

I am also looking at headphones for gaming, any suggestions for those?

Thank you for your help.

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post #2 of 7
Titanium HD. Best gamer sound card. Great for music. 130 typically. Buy it.

You need a budget for headphones.
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Amazon warehouse is the perfect place to buy these. they put up "like new" titanium hd and ath ad 700 for cheap. The products are never used. Rather, because the boxes containing the product are open, they cannot legally resell it at a designated price. I got a brand new titanium hd for $100 and a brand new ath ad 700 for $50.
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Hmm ok, I'll look into that.

For headphones, I will go as high as $150, but around $100 would be preferable.

Update: So I am noticing a lot of people complaining about cracking/clicking sounds with that particular sound card. Do you guys have any comment?
Edited by Sir Beregond - 11/8/11 at 7:42pm
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There shouldn't be any on a perfectly working Titanium HD.

If you want bass, Ultrasone Pro 550s.

If you want complete sound stage for ultimate gaming, the AD700s.
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Alrighty then, I will check those out. Thanks you for the suggestions.
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take a look at the RX900 also smile.gif
    
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