Originally Posted by nachoz
Looking at the recommended thread, the creative titanium HD is probably what I'd get. I play a lot of different genres of games, and I do listen to music often, can anyone confirm this as the right choice or should I be looking at something else?
I am interested in getting headphones aswell, but don't know if I should be looking for something in the gaming category. I tried a headset in the past that was supposed to be good for gaming and it was just really sharp sounding, not good at all. Is there anything that has a similar balance to the sennheiser pc 360?
Another thing about getting a sound card, the pci-e slot in my motherboard is right next to my video card, you can see it in the link I posted before. I've had temperature issues in the past and I have it a comfortable spot right now. What kind of temperature increase can I expect in my video card when adding in a sound card that close to it? Should I go for a pci slot since its further away?
Sound cards do not run hot and tend to be quite small so it should have barley any effect on your video card. Just make sure you have no major cables running right past the sound card as this can cause interference. If your that worried about heat get a DAC!
Depending whats more important to you Game sound or Music i would personally get Asus Xonar or something similar for music Or a Creative Sound Blaster for gaming, Both will give you a nice across the board improvement just are slightly better at different things.
Regarding a new headset obviously try and get the old ones replace under warranty even if you want to try something new always nice to have a back up! The only other 'high end headsets' worth it imo are the PC360 and Manufacture MMX 300 (Both are closed not open). For best bang for buck/quality just get a blue Yeti mic and HD598 or HD558 Headphones!Edited by 4514kaiser - 8/11/12 at 1:28am