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Speaker options on a kid's budget

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My brother's new-ish PC needs speakers and his budget is $50 or less. He didn't mind footing a dirt-cheap speaker bill since it allowed more of the parental "carrot-on-a-stick-to-do-well-in-school" budget to go towards hardware. So tip-of-the-hat when it comes to figuring out what's most immediately important haha

Typically, I'd just tell him to grab a set of Logitechs (S-220's or locally X-240's) and call it a day.
An old amp I've finished working on has shown to be fairly capable, so loudspeakers are an option since I've no use for the amp.
Cheap Dayton B652's and Sony SS-B1000's come to mind as I've read much on the former and own the latter (and at a discounted price mixup, quite happily I might add).


Usage
Expected usage: Games, surfing the 'net, music (multiple genres)
Listening distance: within 5 ft
Room: 15x12 with heavy carpet, "mounting" surface atop a desk
Volume levels: unsure, but likely on the quieter side.

Hardware
Sound card: Xfi Xtremegamer
Available amp (if passive route): Sansui A-505 (note: not the AU-505): 30Wrms @ 8ohms


Anyway, I'd like some input on what options we have as wasting a middle-schooler's money isn't quite on my to-do list and I find I'm an outright loudspeaker novice
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128GB Samsung 830 SSD 1TB Samsung HD103SJ some Asus DVD/CD-RW Thermalright Ultima-90i w/ Ven. BTK 
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Rocketfish Full Tower Logitech MX1000 
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2x 250GB WD Caviar 2x NEC 3550 Windows XP SP3 ASUS 26" 16:10 
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post #2 of 4

I have this:

and it's really great.

This one: got a really good review too.
Link to review: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13645_3-20...?tag=mncol;txt

EDIT: I missed that you mentioned B652
Edited by canoners - 4/23/11 at 10:51am
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post #3 of 4
Thread Starter 
ah, another option thanks.

the more the better. My some reading on DIY speaker considerations, my loudspeaker acumen sucks haha.

there's no urgency anyway, headphones plugged direct to the XFI gets the job done at the moment.
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128GB Samsung 830 SSD 1TB Samsung HD103SJ some Asus DVD/CD-RW Thermalright Ultima-90i w/ Ven. BTK 
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Windows 7 Pro 64-bit 25.5" ASUS VW266H Logitech Wave Antec TruePower New 750W 
CaseMouse
Rocketfish Full Tower Logitech MX1000 
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X2 3800+ ASUS A8N-SLI Premium SLI 8800GTS 512MB 4x 512mb Corsair/Kingston 
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2x 250GB WD Caviar 2x NEC 3550 Windows XP SP3 ASUS 26" 16:10 
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128GB Samsung 830 SSD 1TB Samsung HD103SJ some Asus DVD/CD-RW Thermalright Ultima-90i w/ Ven. BTK 
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Windows 7 Pro 64-bit 25.5" ASUS VW266H Logitech Wave Antec TruePower New 750W 
CaseMouse
Rocketfish Full Tower Logitech MX1000 
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X2 3800+ ASUS A8N-SLI Premium SLI 8800GTS 512MB 4x 512mb Corsair/Kingston 
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2x 250GB WD Caviar 2x NEC 3550 Windows XP SP3 ASUS 26" 16:10 
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Thread Starter 
24-hr (ish) bump
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128GB Samsung 830 SSD 1TB Samsung HD103SJ some Asus DVD/CD-RW Thermalright Ultima-90i w/ Ven. BTK 
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Windows 7 Pro 64-bit 25.5" ASUS VW266H Logitech Wave Antec TruePower New 750W 
CaseMouse
Rocketfish Full Tower Logitech MX1000 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
X2 3800+ ASUS A8N-SLI Premium SLI 8800GTS 512MB 4x 512mb Corsair/Kingston 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x 250GB WD Caviar 2x NEC 3550 Windows XP SP3 ASUS 26" 16:10 
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Logitech Wave and RT-101 Mechanical 750w Antec Truepower New Custom Chenming 901B Logitech MX1000 
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Core i7 3770k ASROCK Z77 Extreme6 2GB EVGA GTX670 8GB G. Skill DDR3-1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
128GB Samsung 830 SSD 1TB Samsung HD103SJ some Asus DVD/CD-RW Thermalright Ultima-90i w/ Ven. BTK 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Pro 64-bit 25.5" ASUS VW266H Logitech Wave Antec TruePower New 750W 
CaseMouse
Rocketfish Full Tower Logitech MX1000 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
X2 3800+ ASUS A8N-SLI Premium SLI 8800GTS 512MB 4x 512mb Corsair/Kingston 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x 250GB WD Caviar 2x NEC 3550 Windows XP SP3 ASUS 26" 16:10 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech Wave and RT-101 Mechanical 750w Antec Truepower New Custom Chenming 901B Logitech MX1000 
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