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Hi all I'm not sure if I can find what I'm looking for or not but I thought I'd ask you guys.

I'm looking for a sound system to compliment my Xonar DG. I have room for a 3.1 or 5.1 surround system and would like to get one.
I mostly play borderlands 2 with my friends so I'm also looking for a mic. Are there any good mics that are especially good at filtering out the game noise and just picking up my voice? or am I stuck with having to get a headset. if so what would be your all's suggested set?

I am willing to pay a little more for quality but I can't break the bank. I'm sorry if that's not very helpful. but thank you all who can offer me any help. I'm reading the most recommended items. I'm mostly interested in a mic that can filter my game noise and just pick up my voice.
     
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Phobeus Solo,creative audio Z and especially xonar STX are some of the top gaming soudn cards.You need high end headphones to fully benefit from them though,so you'd better co for an external amp like flio E10 which is a cheaper and more viliable solution.

As long as the mic is concerned i heard this is pretty neat http://www.amazon.com/Olympus-ME-52W-Noise-Canceling-Microphone/dp/B000MYPPPE
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Hi all I'm not sure if I can find what I'm looking for or not but I thought I'd ask you guys.

I'm looking for a sound system to compliment my Xonar DG. I have room for a 3.1 or 5.1 surround system and would like to get one.
I mostly play borderlands 2 with my friends so I'm also looking for a mic. Are there any good mics that are especially good at filtering out the game noise and just picking up my voice? or am I stuck with having to get a headset. if so what would be your all's suggested set?

I am willing to pay a little more for quality but I can't break the bank. I'm sorry if that's not very helpful. but thank you all who can offer me any help. I'm reading the most recommended items. I'm mostly interested in a mic that can filter my game noise and just pick up my voice.

Get a Logitech Z506 ($80 Amazon).
Are there better sounding 5.1 computer speaker systems, yes.
Do they cost a lot more, yes.

If you use a headphone, might consider getting the Creative Labs Sound Blaster Z sound card, $80.
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The way you primarily "noise cancel" on a microphone is a directional pickup pattern that picks up sound more in some directions (hopefully with sweet spot aimed to pick up your vocals) and less so in other direction ("noise" sources). If you have a surround-sound setup and sound coming from directions including somewhat behind you, I can't imagine this would work that well with a desk mic. In any case, something closer to you (in comparison to noise sources, and taking into account pickup pattern) is better. If you don't want a headset, maybe some kind of clip-on lav mic to wear, though that may be pushing it.

If you have a Xonar DG I wouldn't spend any more of the budget on a sound card.
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