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get a pair of sennheiser 518’s off Amazon. Quality from them is good. I have these. You can wear them for hours, I’ve worn them for 5+ hours straight without taking them off and you just forget they’re on your head. They are headphones so the sub frequencies aren’t totally there but can be heard (amazon says 14-26000Hz for frequency response, I’d take with a grain of salt, but not far off, I use these to produce music). The part that covers your ear is vented which can be good or bad depending on how you want to use them. They definitely bleed sound out the vents but that’s by design. So, other people can hear you if you’re playing music loudly. However, you can also hear background noise which can be good if people need to get your attention or for whatever reason you need to hear other things going on around you. I’ve had one pair for 8 years and they haven’t broken, ear foam is soft and comfortable. Big downside might be that they have an audio jack designed for use with amps and stereos (wont fit aux jacks without adapter that comes with headphones). This is an issue if you want to use with your phone. The adapter works fine and fits into your phone like any aux adapter, but it’s just clunky and sticks out at least an inch or two from your phone. Just annoying. But it’s a great buy, you’ll never need another pair of headphones unless you want something higher quality.
Looks like I had copy/pasted the wrong Sennheisers into my amazon search, this one is a lot more reeasonable then whatever one came up for me at 250 CDN.
One would think that, but nope, https://www.amazon.ca/Sennheiser-HD-518-Headphones-Black/dp/B0042A68R8 123$ CDN.
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CPU, Mobo, cooler are all good out of the box and can be OC. A new heatsink is needed on 4670 even if you don’t oc. Includes one of the faster ssds 250gb, and a 1tb drive. compared to the 290x and ti you will get good price/performance with a gtx 780. Im somewhat iffy on the case its probably best to pick your own from corsair, nzxt, or fractal as it mostly comes down to aesthetics/price. Good midpriced comfortable headphones (hd 518s are only $20 more, but amazons price is not on pc picker), and a mechanical keyboard. If You need a mic also this workes well. — Linus made a good argument for that monitor, IPS for wide angle, and it has a thin bezel. You lose enough dpi on 1080 that it might look better where you are sitting at to have 23” instead of 24”. $170 per monitor budget should be enough to pick a different one if you must have 24”.
The headphones and microphone route is always better than the headset route, so:
I’d recommend an AntLion ModMic for $50, here’s a good review of it from Tek Syndicate.
For headphones, I’d recommend $79 Sennheiser HD 518s, $99 Audio-Technica ATH-M40x, or you can look through these filtered Amazon results.
You can have 7.1 with any headphones using Razer’s Surround software.
You don’t have to have bad sound from being price conscious.
The sony lavalier mic is only $13 and is pretty close to the modmic in clarity though it picks up a bit too much of the surrounding noise. I use the sony mic any time I’m too lazy to move my modmic to a different set of cans. There are quite a few decent headsets for under $50, though in that price range I’d spend a little bit more and get the Senn HD518s for $75 as they open back and have a similar soundstage and signature to the HD598s. 518s have a bit more bass and are more comfortable but do have a slightly smaller sounstage than the 598s and aren’t quite as crisp in the high end. Personally I don’t like closed back for gaming due to the increased sound stage and positional audio associated with being open back, but I have a quiet house so there’s no outside noise. There are lots of decent closed back cans for under $50. My custom one pros were $70 from Amazon and blow away every closed back gaming headset I’ve heard that cost under $300.
Here’s a good video on making a “gaming headest” for under $50
Sennheiser 518 is only $45 at amazon, a good/great price.
The Sennheiser 518s are only $45 right now. Get some of those and a clip on mic and you are golden.
Philips SHP9500s are also $75 on amazon right now and from what I hear are outstanding for their price point and very comfortable even for people with big heads, which I have. When I get some extra bank I am heavily considering getting a pair and moving on my from Corsair Voids. You will also need a mic to go along with these though.