Thanks for all those helpful replies guys, I'm starting to get somewhere now!
So after reading through some more stuff on top of your replies here is where I stand. I'm definitely going to be getting me a new sound card, it is just coming down to whether I want a X-Fi Titanium HD (better for games and an amp up to 330 ohm) or a Xonar STX (better amp at up to 600 ohm). I can figure that part out as I go along, but for now I'm leaning toward Titanium HD.
As for the headphones...
I actually didn't know that those prices were considered high. I'm in the US and I've been looking at amazon primarily for base prices. Looking through those I'm seeing the Q701 for around $180 and the DT990 PRO 250 ohm for $160 (premium is $250) on ebay. Looking at almost $100 in savings right there, which makes it easier for me to get me an external amp (sweet ).
A year ago I'd have totally recommend ditching the A40s.... but from what I've read (not experienced) the 2013 editions seemed to have upped its game significantly, however, I’d still have to give the DT990s or Q701 (or if you can swing it, the 702 65th) the higher recommendation. Between the Q701 and the 990, with your decision based only on gaming, your desire's for single player immersion quality vs competitive performance will most likely be a determining factor.
Right, so for me immersion is best. Competitive gaming is an after thought, but I do love me some BF3 and I'm pretty damn good at it. Let's take Tomb Raider as an example as it is what I'm playing right now. The game has some of the best sound design I've heard in an adventure game for a while, so I want to be completely in that kind of environment. It is also very base heavy and getting that nice low frequency hum whenever you use your instincts is fun with my speakers so I want to have that carry over to my next set of cans. And then there is music. I love to listen to melodic metal like Amon Amarth and Insomnium which features a nice set high and lows with some awesome guitar rifts.
So I guess I'm heading more towards the DT990s? Unless there is anything else to look towards (those K702 65th would be so awesome to have if I could get it for under its normal price of $500, but I doubt I will).
As for the external amp, I'm going to go with the Schiit Magni. Later on in the year I'll worry about my PS3 and get it a Mixamp or similar.
Any other suggestions or things I should look out for? I'm still very open for suggestions as long as its reasonable.
Hehe thanks. Its literally the face I usually make for just about any situation really :P
Edited by Zharay - 3/23/13 at 1:57pm