Hmm. I'm currently using the following system for both music and gaming: passive floorstanding speakers: Klipsch RP-250F power amp: Behringer KM750 passive preamp: Schiit SYS audio interface: Behringer UCA202 Not counting the laptop, it's a little under $1,000 retail, but the price I paid was significantly lower since I bought the speakers used. You probably remember that earlier this year I was using an (originally) $1,800 DAC (Chord 2Qute) with $300 speakers (JBL LSR305). That was a foolish combo. I downgraded to a cheapo DAC but upgraded the speakers and am getting the best sound I've had so far. (And that includes much more expensive headphones. Even the four STAX systems I had sound like a cheap toy in comparison.) Really excited to delve further into the world of speakers. I believe you settled on the Fluance speakers we discussed some time ago? I only game occasionally nowadays. Played through Final Fantasy VI a few months ago. Still need to play through the PC remaster of Final Fantasy VII (still my favorite video game of all time), which I have but have barely spent time on.