Any recommendations for sound card and speaker setup?

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.
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  1. SOUND CARD : ASUS Xonar D1 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829132007
    SPEAKER : Logitech Z623 200 w 2.1 Speaker System, THX-Certified
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16836121048
    HEADSET : Tt eSPORTS SHOCK SPIN Shining White HT-SKS004ECWH
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826254011
    TOTAL : $298.97 without rebates.
  2. SOUND CARD : ASUS Xonar D1 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6829132007
    SPEAKER : Logitech Z506 75 watts RMS 5.1 Surround Sound Speakers
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16836121044
    HEADSET : RAZER Carcharias 3.5mm Connector Circumaural Professional Gaming Headset
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826153043
  3. Quick note, the ASUS Xonar DX [PCI-E] can be subbed for the D1 in most cases, provided you have a spare 4-pin connector.
  4. Well, I can give you what I did in your case.

    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:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA03V05K7599
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA03B0829735

    But if you want a great 5.1, check this one out: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882120189

    That is as good as you'll get IMO. But nevermind the sound card; as long as it has low noise in it's signal and high bit sampling output, you shouldn't care at all.

    Cheers!
  5. Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional $149.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102019

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    Logitech Z506 75 watts RMS 5.1 Surround Sound Speakers $92.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16836121044


    for headphone gaming PCIE Recon3D is a good choice:

    http://www.amazon.com/Creative-Sound-Blaster-Recon3D-SB1350/dp/B00654PUPA
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