I'm quite clueless when it comes to speakers/headsets/sound cards. I tried researching by myself, but it confused me. Opinions vary TOO much when it comes to sound. So I figured I'll get some help from people with experience.
I am looking for a decent headset. I am willing to settle for speakers if it comes down to it, but I'd prefer a headset.
I will use 'em for everything. Gaming, Movies and Music, priority in that order. But it seems hard to find a budget headset that can do all 3 decently. I also haven't built my computer yet, so I'm unsure of the on board sound.
I have had my Plantronics Gamecom 377 headphones for a few months now, I really like them. They aren't 5.1 just stereo, but I think they do well for all three of your criteria. I paid about $40 @ Best Buy.
My criteria was, Gaming and Cordlength + Cord Durability, I still had to spend an extra 6 bucks for extension cords for them, as 6ft was not enough for my needs. but I think it was worth it. The cord is very sturdy compared to others that were available.