I am open to any suggestions if people have had better quality from other, similarly priced systems.
I am currently running an open-ear design (behind-the-neck) Logitech G330 headset as my primary sound device and a Sennheiser PMX-200 (also behind-the-neck) as my secondary. My tertiary is a really old 2.1 Creative system (by old I mean older than 6 years).
Can I complement one or all of these with the above equipment or should I purchase a 7.1 surround sound headset and/or speaker system to benefit it instead.
My budget is <$100 for the sound card and <$200 for the speakers/headphones.
Well, as old as the X-Raider is, it still beats the XtremeGamer; I'd recommend the HT Omega striker or ASUS Xonar D1/DX (both for around $89) over both though (or the Auzentech Prelude if you're willing to move up to about $130 or so).
Just remember any USB solution ignores soundcard processessing, so don't bother going that way.
A good deal for you *might* be the ASUS Xonar Xense/Sennheiser PC350 combo deal ASUS has going on; great headset coupled with great soundcard, so you get both items in one package.
How About the Xonar Essence STX if your not going with the Sennheiser combo. Creative just came out with their Titanium HD card...something to look into as they've picked up good reviews over the net. VRzones review is a good place to check it out.
^^I'm torn on the Titanium HD; good card all and all, but I'd still take the Auzentech HTHD over it, plus you also have to factor in driver stability, something it will take Creative YEARS to prove its fixed...
Back to the previous point: A USB headset is basically, as far as Windows is concerned, its own soundcard. And as you can only have one sound device handling sound processing, when the USB device is the audio output device, your soundcard does NOTHING, as all the processing is handled by the USB devices driver instead.
What that means in a nutshell, if you get a $200 soundcard and a $5 USB headset, the soundcard will gather dust while the headsets drivers does all the processing.
^ i just recommended that soundcard to another post here on Tom's. I loved the amount of 'creative' connectivity it had...HDMI audio and video passthrough *thumbs up* the other card i'm waiting to see is the Auzen X-Meridian 7.1 2G.