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Stupid but quick question do I get a cheap $30 headset with like the rest of my money on a sound card or do I get like a $90 headset and keep my integrated audio card? Thanks for your help in advance.

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Your headphones should get priority over a DAC. What is your total budget?
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The only stupid question is the one that isn't asked redface.gif

I would probably go for the headset in your case and considering your budget, I believe that will benefit you most. Of course, that depends on what you're currently using for a headset?

Things that I would also help -
  • What headset you currently have.
  • What motherboard do you currently have.
  • What you're going to be doing with the hardware - listening to music (if so, what type), gaming, movies etc,

This thread may also be of use to you -

http://www.overclock.net/t/1014902/ocns-most-recommended-audio-products
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Originally Posted by Crooksy View Post

The only stupid question is the one that isn't asked redface.gif

I would probably go for the headset in your case and considering your budget, I believe that will benefit you most. Of course, that depends on what you're currently using for a headset?

Things that I would also help -
  • What headset you currently have.
  • What motherboard do you currently have.
  • What you're going to be doing with the hardware - listening to music (if so, what type), gaming, movies etc,

This thread may also be of use to you -

http://www.overclock.net/t/1014902/ocns-most-recommended-audio-products


I currently have a $50 headphones and I want a headset (if I keep these do you know any good mics). My mother board is the Asus sabertooth z77 and i will be mostly gaming some music listening.

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Could you tell us what your $50 headphones are?
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post #6 of 20
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Could you tell us what your $50 headphones are?
They are JVCs I don't know the specifics but they are like generic average headphones.
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post #7 of 20
So you wanna get like better audio like for gaming mostly?
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post #8 of 20
It sounds like he needs a mic for gaming. Your onboard sound on the Z77 is sufficient for now, just use your current headphones and get a mic.

Here are some mics in order of quality
1. Blue Yeti $102 http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Microphones-Yeti-USB-Microphone/dp/B008F4USMS/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1358743284&sr=1-2&keywords=blue+yeti
2. Behringer C-1U $60 http://www.amazon.com/Behringer-C-1U-Condenser-Microphone-Cardioid/dp/B001QXCYZY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1358742847&sr=8-1&keywords=c-1u
3. Blue Snowball $60 http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Microphones-Snowball-Microphone-Textured/dp/B000EOPQ7E/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1358742925&sr=8-5&keywords=blue+microphone
4. Samson Go Mic $38 http://www.amazon.com/Samson-Mic-Compact-USB-Microphone/dp/B001R76D42/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1358742756&sr=8-2&keywords=meteor+microphone
5. Zalman Clip Mic $10 http://www.amazon.com/Zalman-Zm-Mic1-Sensitivity-Headphone-Microphone/dp/B00029MTMQ/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1358743059&sr=1-2&keywords=zm-1

If you just need basic game communication the Zalman would be fine. If you spend any significant amount of time on voice chat or skype, other people will really appreciate the boost in quality from one of the better mics.
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So you wanna get like better audio like for gaming mostly?


Yea I want better audio for gaming but I have never heard a dedicated sound card and people say it a lot better so I don't know if it is worth it for better audio.

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post #10 of 20
What is your budget and do you want to use the headphones for, 50% gaming / 50% music, etc
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