Trying to make a budget gaming PC I have been ignoring sound cards....mostly because sound now built on motherboards are so good now. Being that the machine is going to be just for gaming should I be looking at sound cards?
only if your not satisfied with your sound quality......im using a kenwood 5.1 speaker system thats around ten years old and it still sounds killer,the only thing i've replaced is the kenwood amp with a Yamaha.......
Now replacing speakers is more of a subjective thing.
What i can recommend are a pair of 5.1 speakers from Altec Lansing that were branded by Dell. http://www.directron.com/ada995.html
Are the ones I bought them off of someone on Craigslist for 90$ 2 or 3 years back. Their probably some of the best bang for the buck speakers money can buy quite honestly. I've just been floored by their quality time after time.
While I like the Z5500s, the only reason people really feel they are good is because of the enormous amount of bass the sub can put out. If you ignore the sub you'll hear that the satellites aren't THAT good. Not saying they are bad, but they don't sound that good to me.
Keep what you have. If you want a real sound improvement then get a home theater setup. I was in heaven when I had my PC hooked up to my Pioneer 770W 7.1 receiver. Even though I only had a 5.0 speaker setup with not even the best speakers I was hearing things in games I never heard before.