sound system cards & speakers
I know just about nothing when it comes to sound cards and good speakers and the like. I've always used on-board stuff and thought it was good enough. But over the past few days while playing EQ2, I've noticed when I'm in a large group and I use an AE skill (area effect; one that affects every member in the vicinity) the sound coming from 6 or more different sources makes the sound very choppy and static-like. I think I know enough to know this is because I have bad speakers and/or sound card. Is this true?
Since I'm pretty sure it is, and I know the game wasn't designed to sound like that, I'm ready to step up and get a good sound system. What I need help with, though, is finding a good one for the best price. I will need good speakers and a good sound card. If I tried to do this by myself, I would probably end up getting poor speakers when the sound card I chose wouldn't be used to it's fullest potential, or vis-versa.
I want one of those set ups that are surround sound with like a gazillion speakers you know? I want it to be able to get loud without sacrificing much sound quality for when I feel like rocking out. The speakers and/or sound card I have now makes the sub woofer sound weird and out of tune when it gets loud. Of course, I don't want this either.
Can anyone get me started in the direction I want to go? I have a fair size budget, but you know, I don't want to spend like 800$. Is it possible to get it in the 300$ range? I did some scouting and it was more expensive than I thought it would be. I didn't look too hard though because I didn't know what to look for. I like music though so I'm willing to spend a fair bit.
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^ (9/7/2010): Ha, I remember when that was the stuff. My water cooling has since leaked and fried my mobo. So now I'm rocking an MSI laptop with an i5 430m :)