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Hey all,

So after like 10 years, my Altec Lansing 251's finally blew a speaker, so I'm in need of something new lol. I already have a Klipsch surround sound system on my home theater, so not really looking to spend a fortune since about all I do with my computer speakers is game and watch youtube.

I'd like to stick to around ~150 or so, since I don't use them heavily. Also, how is 2.1 for gaming? I've used 5.1 for so long that I'm not sure I could get used to going back to 2.1, but maybe things have changed and "virtual surround" has gotten better?

On a side note, would it do me any good to get a new soundcard too? I'm still rocking the PCI version of this thing, thought about upgrading to PCI-E so I can run SLI, but don't want to if that's really the only advantage.

Thanks!
post #2 of 6
Here you go:
Dayton T Amp + B652 Bundle - $58
Dayton SUB800 - $89

Spend an extra $10 and get about 50 feet of 16 gauge speaker wire, and a 3.5mm to 3.5mm (male to male) cable (you'll want probably a 6 foot cable here), and you're all set. Enjoy MUCH better sound quality than you'll ever find from "PC Speakers". wink.gif
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
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NZXT 120mm fans strapped to stock 7970 cooler Windows 10 Pro Dell 3007WFP Dell 2007FP 
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Windows 8.1 + Steam Big Picture / Plex HT 50" Insignia LED 1080p Logitech Rosewill Green 530w 
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Silverstone HTPC Logitech Pioneer 2.0 tower speakers + 135w RMS Rosewill MCE Remote 
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post #3 of 6
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Originally Posted by pioneerisloud View Post

Here you go:
Dayton T Amp + B652 Bundle - $58
Dayton SUB800 - $89
Spend an extra $10 and get about 50 feet of 16 gauge speaker wire, and a 3.5mm to 3.5mm (male to male) cable (you'll want probably a 6 foot cable here), and you're all set. Enjoy MUCH better sound quality than you'll ever find from "PC Speakers". wink.gif

Whhew, gonna need a new desk to fit those lol. The desk is older than the speakers, not very wide lol.
post #4 of 6
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Well it looks like it might not be my speakers after all. After like 2 days, I was listening to YouTube and they popped and now the left front one works, but the sound field of all the speakers keeps going in and out. Sometimes I get surround, sometimes I don't. Same with the bass. Sounds like I might need a new soundcard instead. What's a good card for gaming and YouTube?
post #5 of 6
Have you tried the beta drivers for the xtreme gamer?
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I haven't. It worked fine for years with no problems, then the last 2-3 months started doing this. I wasn't quite sure whether it was the speaker internals going bad, or my soundcard.
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