Need help getting an audio card and headphones

My current setup is onboard audio with a cheap walmart headset. I'm not an audiophile, so this setup actually works well for me. However, while working on my computer all day, I tend to watch tv shows and movies on my computer. Sometimes I'll listen to music. But I figure I just want a nice upgrade so hopefully work is a little more enjoyable when I'm falling asleep.

For headphones I'm thinking of Grado Prestige Series SR-60i Padded Headphones ( It was recommended by several sites for the price range and I think it's probably best for me. Don't want to spend more than $100 on headphones just yet.

But I'm not sure what soundcard to get. I've seen a couple of them with a headphone amp but they are $200. Do I need this powerful of an audio card for a $75 headset watching things I'll only watch once? Or, can I get by with a cheaper audio card? I'd really like to spend $100 or less, but will save up for the better one if it's simply that much better.

And, how do I upgrade it? Should I get the headphones first and wait 2 weeks to buy the card, or buy the card and wait a week to buy the headphones? Or should I just wait 3 weeks to buy the pair?
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  1. Onboard sound cards have come a long way. I think you really only need to buy a good Headset.

    Start with the Headset and if your really want to spend the money on a sound card upgrade that after you found a headset you like.
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