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Alright what is a good all around gaming headset and sound card? I am looking for headphones/mic all in one preferably, and larger ear piece sizes; I am looking for a headset that can make hearing the direction of footsteps really easy.

I would also like a sound card to go with it, possibly one that is meant for gaming? If an amp is needed for the sound card, one of those too. Also, the card can be PCI-E 1x, or PCI.

Links would be appreciated. I have a budget of let's say... $300.
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post #2 of 13
For the sound card I would get a xi-fi extreme music or gamer, then you could get ~$200 headphones, and a clip-on mic.

All headsets suck basically.
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Alright that sounds good, what headphones would you recommend, senheisers I have heard are good.
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post #4 of 13
for headset

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...re=Steelseries

Mic hides away very nicely and is very comfortable and can hear footsteps pretty well in cs
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post #5 of 13
what kind of music are you into? skeletor... it'll help in deciding you a pair of headphones.

But basic list is as follows:

Beyer Dynamics
DT770/80s

Audio Technica
AD700s
A700s

Grado
SR80s
SR125s

Sennheiser
HD555s
HD580s

for a mic I'd suggest the Zalman Clip-on
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post #6 of 13
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I am into Rap and Hardcore.. Though, I only listen to music on speakers, not a headset. Meaning I would like a game specific headphones and mic, or a headset.
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post #7 of 13
well any of the headphones I just mentioned in the edit on the previous post may change your mind when it comes to listening with speakers or headphones. As I don't know rap or hardcore myself very well I'll leave it to others to help you decide on headphones for that.

But on gaming, CS:S in particular I'll give you a few pointers in choosing.

Closed back headphones (DT770s, A700s) will bleed less sound out, and allow less noise in, allowing you to focus on the game you're playing, also generally speaking, closed back headphones have more bass impact, which will bring the gun shots, and explosions to life more. Personally I play CS:S with my set of AD700s because I listen to music while I play (it's just GG for fun) and find that they give a beautiful balance of bass for in game with the mids and trebles of the music...
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Alright, awesome. I think I will go with the A700's, and earlier the X-FI Gamer was suggested, as I use 64-Bit Vista have the driver issues been solved for my OS yet? If not, then what sound card would you recommend in it's place.
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I use the x-fi extreme gamer with vista 64 with zero issues.
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Seeing as I don't use Vista X64 I Couldn't tell you, but I'm pretty sure if anything the daniel_K drivers will work. and don't forget Creative ALchemy.
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