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I plan on getting a Zalman 5.1 Headset (59 dollars) and wondering if an EVGA 680i's onboard audio will cut it. Will it truly be worth spending +$30 for a new sound card or will it be a waste of money?

I don't ever plan on ever using regular speaker systems because my parents will start to complain.

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post #2 of 12
http://www.buy.com/prod/Steelsound_5...203026103.html

$15 for something A LOT better. Get it while it lasts!
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Well I'm not exactly sure if I will get the Zalman, but I am still wondering if a sound card is necessary for 5.1 Headsets. If the sound difference between onboard EVGA 680i audio and a brand name sound card are not that great, then I'll just save that +$30 for a G15 keyboard or something.

So can anyone help me?!
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16826106018

Soundcard onboard or seperate card, on a board view, qualities are pretty much similar. So don't worry much about that.
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Alright I think I'll just stick with onboard audio and maybe get the Sennheiser.
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post #6 of 12
In my opinion the jump from onboard to a $30 sound sound card is a big jump in sound quality, especially when listening with headphones. I would say that it's a much better investment than a $30 keyboard but not everyone thinks the same.

If you have $60, then get a cheap sound card (i.e. Audigy SE, Live 24-bit, etc.) and the Sennheiser HD201 headphones and you'll be set. I say that it's a better combo than a Zalman 5.1 headset stuck with onboard sound especially since most 5.1 headsets are sub-par in my opinion.
    
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post #7 of 12
Here's an even better Steelsound headset for a cheap price:
http://www.buy.com/retail/product.as...104&adid=17662

$25 for a $70 headset
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post #8 of 12
BAD !

Sennheiser Headphones+X-Fi Xtreme Music/Audigy=GOOD !
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post #9 of 12
Well, if you DON'T need a headset and want HEADPHONES for MUSIC, then yeah, get the Sennheiser obviously. If this is for gaming, the Steelsound is a lot better..
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post #10 of 12
from experience get a audigy 4 sound card which is cheap and get the zalman, zalmans are 1 of the best headphones out for their price.. their 5.1 head phones .. = front, rear, centre.. excellent for online gaming!! and the bass on these things as it comes with a subwoofer is ownage!
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