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help me out! im a 100% sound noob so inform me plz.
im looking for headset for gaming.
it needs to have good sound quality and be really comfertable. and the mic needs to be good quality too.

and also, is getting a good sound card worth it? my MB said that my audio is HD 7.1 and it used to sound good (but sometimes it doesnt work. lol they dont make things to last anymore )
its that realtek 888 or something like that.

but does a sound card improve the overall quality of sound?
does it let me hear the footsteps of enemies better?
id love to have that advantage so people wont keep sneaking up on me and knifing me.
(so humiliating! )

another thing, would my speakers be a 'bottleneck' for sound? i have creative 2.1 from 2004 they still work fine but im just wondering.

and another question, do i even NEED a headset? what if i kept my current speakers and just bought a regular mic? would that be worth it too?

thanks
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RVC RX700's with Zalman clip on mic. Headsets break easily for me..especially crappy ones.

Yes, it usually does but that depends on your hearing if it's good or not and if you can hear a difference. Not really much of a bottleneck but they just might have crappy sound.

It depends on your preference, headphones or speakers.. ( I'm getting both once I get the money so I can use headphones when I want or speakers when I'm uncomfortable )

http://www.overclock.net/sound-cards...-headsets.html

Excellent guide.
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RVC RX700's with Zalman clip on mic. Headsets break easily for me..especially crappy ones.

Yes, it usually does but that depends on your hearing if it's good or not and if you can hear a difference. Not really much of a bottleneck but they just might have crappy sound.

It depends on your preference, headphones or speakers.. ( I'm getting both once I get the money so I can use headphones when I want or speakers when I'm uncomfortable )

http://www.overclock.net/sound-cards...-headsets.html

Excellent guide.
thanks! +1

oh wow i called the thread 'help out an noob' lol fail, its suppost to be 'help out an AUDIO noob
    
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No worries. Your setup is perfectly fine. You will be able to hear footsteps no matter how crappy your audio equipment is, but if you want them to be uber realistic, then you invest in good audio equipment (which I highly suggest you do, it brings the gaming experience to a whole new level). I suggest just getting a HP910, and Audigy 2 if you have a low budget, or going for some AD700s, and a Xonar DX if you have the money.
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ok! thx!
so should i get a headset with a mic or just a mic? a clan im trying too apply to requires a mic.
    
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I would avoid gaming headsets. They tend not be as good quality as a pair of stereo headphones, but they sell for the same price as the average consumer isn't that wise

Like mentioned before, I would say get a pair of stereo headphones such as Sennheiser HD555's or AD-ATH700's and buy a Zalman Clip on Mic. I use my Ultrasone HFI-680 headphones with a Zalman clip on mic for gaming, and I hear enemies coming from all directions. Also, do not get swallowed up by the advertising on 5.1 headsets. A good stereo headset combined will sound just as good, if not better as the game engine or sound card drivers emulate surround sound. You only have two lugholes, so 5.1 is a gimmick.

As for the soundcard, they do make things a lot better. The better your headphones/speakers, the more you will notice a soundcard working. For example, running an Asus Xonar DX soundcard and then running onboard with a pair of Apple earbuds, you will not notice a difference. Run the two again with a nice set of headphones and you'll be amazed!

Hope that helps!
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thanks! +1
btw what if i found some good quality used headphones on ebay?

Plantronics GameCom 377 Open-Ear Gaming Headset
^ is this a good headset? btw im on a REALLY low budget so im praying no1 else wants bids on it (6hrs left)
    
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No, that's not a good gaming headset.

You're in a rough position because to really get what you're looking for you're going to be spending some serious cash. It's the problem with liking audio.

Sound card makes all the difference in the world and is a must to hear certain sounds that are essential to gaming. Footsteps in games are so much clearer and louder. You can even hear people reloading from across 1/4 map. That's sick.

Your current speakers won't do a new sound card any justice. I'd just use the speakers for listening to music if you really don't want to wear headphones all the time.

That said the best bang for your buck headphones are 83 dollar Audio Technica AD700s. Expensive to you, but considering their wide soundstage and how awesome they are for gaming, it's not bad. The sound card, I'd recommend is the Asus Xonar DX/1(PCI-E/PCI) That'll run you 53.56 after MIR on newegg.com. But grab it now if you can because that price will go back up soon I assure you.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...Tpk=xonar%20dx

If you really don't want to spend too much you can try to find an Xtreme Music on ebay, but you'd barely be saving yourself money and the sound quality is significant.

As others have said, you want to stay away from USB headsets. They don't utilize your sound card. They have horrible quality and other than convenience they're not great.

Grab a zalman mic clip on, or a desktop mic if you only pc game.

If you really need a cheaper headphone solution the RX700s are great for 34 bucks. Less good in the gaming department, but you actually get bass from them which is great for music unlike the AD700s.

AD700s don't give you bass, but they're excellent for gaming and classical music or non-bassy music.

Mod the Rx700s when you get them, it's pretty easy to do from what I hear.

Your on board sound has nothing on a sound card.
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