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2.1 audio is not ideal for gaming since you can't pinpoint where explosions are occuring.
For $200 you might be able to find decent 2.0 speakers that look like real speakers. (and not pc speakers from the 90's).
Or you could get a home theater setup so you can do 5.1 audio. that's even better for gaming and will get you soemthing you can't have even with headphones.
check this thread: http://www.head-fi.org/t/503088/2-0-speakers-compilation-best-for-500
You're getting lost in technicalities and false assumptions here.
Get a 2.1 powered speakers system and you'll be fine. no need for anything else. everything is in the box including the wires to plug it to your laptop.
You do not need to use a DAC with them.
For example this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16836852001