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Alright, I've always used onboard sound, but I believe that it's time to move on. At the moment I am using a Creative HS-400 headset and I believe that it would be best if i also get a nice set of speakers. Now my budget that I'm looking at is probably no more than $50 for the sound card (it can be OEM, unless I need special cables for some reason), and no more than $50 for the speakers. I don't need a whole 5.1+ kit of speakers, but I would like having no more than 4 speakers. I'll be using this on my sig rig and it'll be for movie watching, listening to music, and gaming.
    
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get what i have, its $30
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Is your card this or this? It appears that their specs are the same, but the prices vary by a couple of dollars. Any suggestions for a set of speakers?
    
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Logitech makes some good speakers and have them at reasonable prices so check them out.
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IDK which one it is, I bought it at Staples. Those two look the same though.
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post #6 of 7
I got these myself at Staples.
Not the best but not too bad.

http://www.staples.com/office/suppli...P1434:CL140479
post #7 of 7
I would definitely recommend a 2.1 speaker set, computer speakers without a sub will be lacking.

These aren't amazing, but they're solid for $30 (AR):
Logitech X-240

This is a decent, very cheap card:
Creative Audigy SE

People have raved about the Chaintech AV-710, especially in just stereo set-ups, but it's not available in stores anymore.
Here is a listing for a new one on eBay, $40 buy it now + $15 shipping:
Ebay link

I would highly recommend the AV-710 if you're willing to eBay something. The X-240s would be decent speakers, but really wouldn't bring out the best in that card. If you're willing to bump up your speaker budget, you could really get better stuff, but welcome to the world of audio
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