You guys are absolutely right! I should have added my budget. After Panda-sama's post I didn't expect anyone else to reply, its crazy how much discussing took place in a couple of hours! Currently, my main goal was to get rid of the background noise (buzzing and hissing when moving the mouse around or loading video games), improve sound quality and have an amp for my headphones. I decided to go with the E10 based on Panda-sama's recommendation. For now, this looks like it will satisfy all of my needs in one purchase. I assume it will sound good with my Klipsch since they are only 2.1 and I'm not looking for surround sound. (yet) In the future, (were talking in probably three years) I would eventually like to get a 5.1 or 7.1 home theater system, possibly developed my Klipsch hooked up to my computer for games, movies and music. Initially I was really only looking to spend maybe $30 at the most, as I started looking at the E6, but as I continued research I decided I would be willing to spend the extra money on the E10. The E17 looks cool, but for now it appears the E10 will do the trick, and I'm just not ready to part with $150 in one purchase..
So I suppose my budget is probably $80 at this point. In the future I would be interested in a sound card and I suppose I would want to go with one of the better ones.
Asus Xonar DX or D1 sound card (used $50) or a used Titanium (non-HD) would be a good choice/value.
I'm definitely interested in possibly picking one of these up in the future. (After I have recovered from the E10) Would this be better than using the E10 for my headphones/klipsch 2.1 setup? I suppose I'm looking for the most bang for my buck, but then again who isn't? What is everyone's opinion on these cards?
So I guess in the end, will I notice a difference worth my money?
I'm upgrading from my on board audio on this motherboard: GigaByte GA-970A-D3 AMD 970 Socket AM3+ ATX Mainboard w On/Off Charge, 7.1 Audio, GbLAN.
The Klipsch speakers are plugged into the green audio out, and the headphones are plugged into the klipsch control pod.
What I have on the way is a FiiO E10 USB DAC Headphone Amplifier. I plan to plug the headphones into the headphone jack, and then have the speakers plugged into it as well. I read that the volume knob only works when headphones are plugged in. If this is true, that's exactly what I'm looking for. At this point surround sound isn't a factor, and it wont be for at least 3 years, maybe more depending on how happy I am with this setup.
So based on everything you guys have read, do you think I'm going to see an improvement over my current setup? I suppose if it eliminates the background humming I'll consider it worth it already, but it would still be cool to see a change in performance as well!
Thanks again everyone for all of your help and advice! This is really a cool forum!
Edit: My current on board audio is the Realtek HD Audio Manager.
Edited by GhostKage - 7/23/12 at 12:21am