I am looking to purchase a sound system upgrade for my PC because the on-board audio is lifeless to me. My budget is $300 for speakers and sound card. Primary uses will be gaming, music, and movies. Stereo or 5.1 channel is ok, and I will also be using a quality set of headphones for gaming in the future when I can afford them. Any recommendations or feedback would be greatly appreciated.
Got a great MoBo with a decent Audio chip (Crosshair V) so it doesn't give me artifacts and got the best pair of active speakers I could buy (studio monitor grade; 2 way speakers). 2 of those puppies beat the not out of any 5.1 in the same price range and sound incredibly better. Something like these: