Internal sound cards are usually worse than external due to the internal's noise. So I'd say external > internal.
As for headphones, the Creative Aurvana Live! is a good headphone and you can use the cheap clip-on [is it?] mic MLE is using.
Or the Audio Technica headphones, which are also generally good.
I feel MLE is more informed in this regard though so I am sure he'll be able to provide a more informative answer :]
Meanwhile, I am thoroughly enjoying my W1000X with HiFiMAN pleather pads :]
Hmm the creatives definitely seem nice, although unlike you I had pleather pads, much more of a valor person really. I can't seem to find valor replacements on their website either :( not a bad price though. For the Audio Technica headphones is there ones you can recommend in my price range or may possibly go into my price range if on sale that would have valor replacements
I only got really one response and since cyber Monday is coming up I should reword my question as well.
I'm currently using a USB sound card, are they not as good as internal ones?
I'm looking for a headset/headphone+mic replacement. My last one cost me about $130 if I remember they were Turtle Beach DPX21's for the PS3 that I started using for me PC. I'm not an audiophile, but I do play a lot of FPS games semi competitively (I'm competitive, not sure about the rest of the people in the pubs lol).
I'm looking for something $100 or less, but like I said now that cyber Monday is coming up maybe some suggestions on sets to keep an eye on that might drop to or below $100 would be a good idea to.
I really need a headset/headphone+mic set up soon as I am sick of using my old headset just for the mic and having to wear ear buds or go through my speakers.
Have a look at something like this mate the V2..you want surround sound not just stereo..sennheiser have got some of the best sounding headsets but the surrounds not that good for bf4!
These look pretty nice and in my price range, although it would be nice if it was less, but it only has 19 reviews which is strange, most are good, but are they new (just came out)?
Edit: Also why is it not good for BF4?
Edited by Bakuryu - 11/28/13 at 9:13am