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post #11 of 19
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Yeah I already ordered mine when I posted the link.
Yay I found a good deal

So I've been using onboard sound (yeah I know it sucks) how much of a difference do you think it will be?
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It will be a MAJOR difference. You will know exactly where your enemy is. With my Xtrememusic I can tell if they are above or below me.

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post #13 of 19
I suggest that you buy a pair of surround sound headphones to go with that new card. I got some when I bought my sound card and they are highly integral part of an immersive gaming experience in my opinion.
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I suggest that you buy a pair of surround sound headphones to go with that new card. I got some when I bought my sound card and they are highly integral part of an immersive gaming experience in my opinion.
You don't need surround sound headphones with an X-Fi. The X-Fi has simulation just as surround headphones do. I'd rather let the X-Fi do the manipulation, but that's just me. I suggest a high quality pair of 2channel headphones. (Sennheiser, Grado, MB Quart, Staxx,etc)
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post #15 of 19
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You don't need surround sound headphones with an X-Fi. The X-Fi has simulation just as surround headphones do. I'd rather let the X-Fi do the manipulation, but that's just me. I suggest a high quality pair of 2channel headphones. (Sennheiser, Grado, MB Quart, Staxx,etc)
I wouldnt use Grado's or Staxx but a pair of Senn's will fair nice. I use a pair of Senn HD555's with my X-Fi. I also have a pair of Koss A/130's I would sell cheap to anyone who needs them for a sound card.

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post #16 of 19
As an alternative, you might consider getting this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16826159417

Sennheiser puts out a gamer designed circumaural headset that has a built-in USB connector with built-in sound-card with 360 degree sound. The reviews for this headset go from very good to great.

With this buy you get both your speakers and soundcard and microphone with one purchase. And the quality is very high and its good if you want to keep it quiet when you're gaming. AND later - you can then purchase a real high-end sound card (and the X-Fi Platinum is really good) and plug the Sennheisers in for really top notch sound. So you can start with the USB - keeping your costs low for now and upgrade later.

With Sennheiser's 3-D 360 surround sound - you'll be hearing stuff you never heard before from your games- assuming that's what you're building your rig for - and the 360 headsets really give a immersive feel to your gaming that you don't necessarily get with outside speakers.
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It will be a MAJOR difference. You will know exactly where your enemy is. With my Xtrememusic I can tell if they are above or below me.

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I have onboard sound and i hear everyone FINE in css, its just like a wallhack.
    
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post #18 of 19
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Right now I have these

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16826106937

I don't think I can get new headphones for a while, unless they are really cheap.

How are my current headphones?
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post #19 of 19
Sennheiser generally gets better reviews but you also pay 3 times the amount. Most likely you would notice an improvement - but I have found that different folks like different audio footprints - so it is not always a 100% consensus on what's good and what isn't. Since you already got circumaural -and if you're pretty happy with your current headset - probably be better to invest your money elsewhere.

Of course, you can always go down to a local electronics shop (call them first) and listen to the PC165s. If you do - let us know what you think!
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