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2.1 Setup... First time buying a Sound Card... Suggestions Please!!!

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So I've been lurking and researching sound cards for the past hour and am quite torn at what i should buy. Realistically my budget will be 150 max. Ive never ever used a sound card in my life so I will say I am a bit skeptic. I do alot of gaming (skyrim, BF3, Flight simulators) as well as listen to music when im doing 3d modeling. Id lean more towards gaming for my sound card needs though. Ive been seriously considering buying a sound card for the past month. My buddy bought one and said he loves it and he will never go back.. I havent heard it as hes 1000 miles away, but can it be that good that some one could say that?

so 150 is my cap. but if i can get a card for cheaper than that i would love to.

Im running on a 2.1 speaker set up they are altec lansing VS4221 work great so far but again ive never used a sound card so maybe these speakers are poop?

i also have a headset made by plantronics "gamecom" im guessing these are crap too but they sound decent to me.

any how i really want to take my gaming to the next level and imerse myself in sound. I have hte 580 gtx and 2600k The graphics are covered i need that icing in my ears.

So if any one is familiar with these speakers/headset if i should keep them or look into getting new ones id appreciate the feedback

suggest away audiophiles!
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