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Im in the market for a high end sound card for gaming/music. My budget for the card is $500.

Can you hook up your sound card to the front ports on the computer case? So i dont have to string my Headphones to the back of my case? Also looking for a High End Gaming set of headphones. Most use USB ports which wont hook up into the sound card. Any ideas?

Thanks
post #2 of 32
Headphones:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826153051

If your using USB for gaming why do you need a sound card with front audio? You do not want to use the ports on your case they are low quality.
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If your using USB for gaming why do you need a sound card with front audio? You do not want to use the ports on your case they are low quality.

I dont perticularly want to use USB just noticed most gaming headsets use usb. So would it be in my best interest to find a 5.25 drive bay that can hook up to my Sound Card?
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That card is exactly what i was looking at the last few days. The extra bay is the reason i was asking if its possible to just hook up my case's headphone jacks to the card.

I apparently didnt look hard enogh at headphones. Found a few that dont use USB. I guess with that sound card, the best headphones to get would be ones that use the 3.5mm headphone and Microphone jack.
post #5 of 32
If i had a 500 dollar budget i wouldn't get USB headphones. Get a nice set of cans and a headphone amp. Here is a good guide on headphones and sound cards.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1014902/ocns-most-recommended-audio-products/0_50
    
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I need one with a microphone for gaming. Just seems all good gaming headphones use USB..
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I need one with a microphone for gaming. Just seems all good gaming headphones use USB..
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This card is made for headphones so you do not need an amp.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829132010

with these headphones:

http://www.amazon.com/beyerdynamic-990-Premium-250-Ohm/dp/B000F2BLTW

That will give you the best headphone listening experience for 500 bucks.

And since your using headphones you can just plug in any old stand alone mic that sounds good. I am using a Logitech USB headset just sitting on my desk.
    
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Thanks for the links.. Ill look into them..
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