At the moment I using a Sound Blaster Audigy SE card and a set of cheap Creative speakers. What I would like to know will I benefit from a different sound card and what speakers do you guys recommend? I 've been looking at the logitech Z5500 and the G51's but can't decide which I should go with. As for a sound card I have no idea other than a more expensive Creative Xfi card, but I've always been told more expensive doesn't always mean better quality. This set up is for gaming and also music. Thanks for your help.
Personally I've always found creative cards to be excellent, but many would beg to differ. Asus has recently entered the sound card market and people seem to approve of their Xonar model... it's a bit pricey IMO, but does have some nice features. There are 2 versions: pci interface and pcie interface, but I don't think a sound card can really benefit from the bandwidth of pcie so spending the extra $20 for the pcie version wouldn't be worth it IMO. Here are links for both: PCI PCIe
If you're not interested in spending $200 for a sound card, Auzentech has a Dolby certified 7.1 card for $80. LINK
The Z5500 and G51 are in different leagues... if you can swing close to $300, go for the 5500s since they handle DTS, are far more powerful and have 1 of the best if not thee best sub you can get with a speaker set marketed for PC and game use.
Thanks for the info , I found this deal on the Z5500 (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1068250&Sku=L23-6334 ) now to just pick out a sound card. I'm checking out your links so thanks for the input.
I've dealt with Tiger before... Newegg is always my 1st stop, but Tiger's good too.