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Do you use desktop speakers or headset for gaming?

Do you use desktop speakers or headset for gaming?

  • Desktop speakers

    Votes: 2,822 43.9%
  • Headset

    Votes: 2,538 39.5%
  • External home audio system

    Votes: 1,061 16.5%

  • Total voters
  • Poll closed .
Jul 20, 2008
4,016 (1.03/day)
System Name Desktop|| Virtual Host 0
Processor Intel Core i5 2500-K @ 4.3ghz || 2x Xeon L5630 (total 8 cores, 16 threads)
Motherboard ASUS P8Z68-V || Dell PowerEdge R710 (Intel 5520 chipset)
Cooling Corsair Hydro H100 || Stock hotplug fans and passive heatsinks
Memory 4x4gb Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600 || 12x4gb Hynix DDR3 1066 FB-DIMMs
Video Card(s) MSI GTX 760 Gaming Twin Frozr 4GB OC || Don't know, don't care
Storage Hitachi 7K3000 2TB || 6x300gb 15k rpm SAS internal hotswap, 12x3tb Seagate NAS drives in enclosure
Display(s) ViewSonic VA2349S || remote iDRAC KVM console
Case Antec P280 || Dell PowerEdge R710
Audio Device(s) HRT MusicStreamer II+ and Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 || Don't know, don't care
Power Supply SeaSonic X650 Gold || 2x870w hot-swappable
Mouse Logitech G500 || remote iDRAC KVM console
Keyboard Logitech G510 || remote iDRAC KVM console
Software Win7 Ultimate x64 || VMware vSphere 6.0 with vCenter Server 6.0
Benchmark Scores Over 9000 on the scouter
I am with you there...Sub coming shortly...
Polk M30 Series 2...absolutely amazing.

Cans are broken currently otherwise I would use those at night...
I use those for my rear L/R, paired with a CS1 Series II center, a PSW10 sub and KRK RP5's for the front L/R. Sounds great.
Mar 30, 2011
776 (0.27/day)
Pocomoke, MD
System Name Good Enough
Processor Intel G3258 @ 3.8ghz
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H81M-H
Cooling Stock
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws 8gb
Video Card(s) MSI 650 ti Boost
Storage Crucial MX100 128gb SSD
Display(s) ASUS VN248
Case Coolermaster Ammo 533
Audio Device(s) Realtek ALC887
Power Supply Antec BP550
Mouse G502
Keyboard Sidewinder x4
Software Windows 7
Sep 25, 2010
536 (0.17/day)
System Name Shin-Lazarus
Processor Intel Core i7 4790K
Motherboard Asrock Z97 Extreme6
Cooling De-lid+Tt Water 3.0 Extreme S
Memory 16GB Corsair Vengeance Pro 2400MHz
Video Card(s) ASUS GTX780 DC II OC
Storage OS=Micron C400 256GB + 4x HDD's
Display(s) ASUS VG248QE
Case Corsair Obsidian 750D
Audio Device(s) HX Cloud Stinger-onboard-Logitech Z623
Power Supply FSP AURUM PT 850W
Mouse Logitech G600
Keyboard Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum
Software WIn 10 Pro
Benchmark Scores All over the bench
Both, i have an old 5.1 creative and i love the surround when i game buuut i often get yelled at to turn it down so now i mostly use headphones.
Jun 16, 2009
5,123 (1.44/day)
North of Germany
System Name Nexus PC
Processor Intel Xeon E3-1231 v3, 3600 MHz
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H97-HD3
Cooling Thermalright Macho V2
Memory 24GB DDR3, 1400MHZ CL8
Video Card(s) Sapphire Radeon R9 290
Storage Samsung EVO 960 250gb, EVO 850 250gb, Vertex 3 128gb. 2 TB of Rotational.
Display(s) 1xAsus MX299, 2x Asus MX239, Oculus Rift CV1
Case Sunflower Tower
Audio Device(s) C-Media CMI8738/C3DX
Power Supply Corsair TX850
Mouse Cyborg R.A.T. 7
Software Win7 64Bit Ultimate
There are 2 options missing:
- I use Speakers and Headphones
- I use Home Audio and Headphones

i normally would have chosen the second, but had to shoose home audio system instead
Mar 10, 2010
6,144 (1.86/day)
Manchester uk
System Name RyzenGtEvo
Processor Amd R5 2600X@4.1
Motherboard Crosshair hero7 @bios 1201
Cooling 360EK extreme rad+ 360$EK slim all push, cpu Monoblock Gpu full cover all EK
Memory Gigabyte Aurus Rgb 16Gb in two sticks.
Video Card(s) Sapphire refference Rx vega 64 waterblockedEK
Storage Samsung Nvme Pg981 samsung 840, WD 1Tb+2Tb +3Tbgrn, 1tb seagate sshd hybrid(games)
Display(s) Samsung uea28"850R 4k freesync, LG 49" 4K 60hz ,Oculus
Case Lianli p0-11 dynamic
Audio Device(s) Xfi creative 7.1 on board ,Yamaha dts av setup, corsair void pro
Power Supply corsair 1200Hxi
Mouse Roccat Kova
Keyboard Roccat Iksu force fx
Software Win 10 Pro
Benchmark Scores 8056 vega 3dmark timespy
ive a bit of an odd setup ive Xfi onboard sound, set to 5.1 but configured for 4, and two stereo amps ,a kenwood and a cambridge audio powering mission733i front towers and some eltax shit towers for rears, sounds quite good though i do want a pro logic amp and maybe a sub though its plenty bassy:D

no headphones here at all, theirs be, just me to moan or not;)
Mar 11, 2009
865 (0.24/day)
Depends if I'm playing a multiplayer game in which I want to use a mic. Use speakers for anything that I don't have to talk to others.
Oct 10, 2009
868 (0.25/day)
London, UK
System Name The one under the desk / Media Centre
Processor Xeon X3730@3.6GHZ / Phenom II X4 805E
Motherboard Gigabyte P55M-UD4 / Asus Crosshair III
Cooling Corsair H70 + 2*PWM fan / Arctic Alpine 11
Memory 16GB DRR3-1333 9-9-9-27 / 4GB Crucial DDR3-1333
Video Card(s) Asus DirectCU GTX 680 / Gigabyte 560TI
Storage Kingston V200 128GB, WD6400AAKS, 1TB Seagate 7.2kRPM SSHD / Kingston V200 128GB
Display(s) Samsung 2343BW + Dell Ultrasharp 1600*1200 / 32" TV
Case C'M' Silencio 550 / Some ancient SilverStone brushed aluminium media centre
Audio Device(s) No.
Power Supply Thermaltake Toughpower XT 675W / EVGA 430W
Mouse Mionix Naos 3200 / Generic PS2
Keyboard Roccat Ryos TKL Pro / Evoluent Mouse Friendly Keyboard (Logitech OEM)
Software Windows 7 Ult x64
Benchmark Scores Nah.
Headphones+mic is generally a far better and more cost effective solution than headset, and conspicuous by its absence in this poll.
Sep 7, 2010
763 (0.24/day)
Processor Intel® Core™ i7-4790K
Motherboard Intel® Desktop Board DZ87KLT-75K
Cooling Intel® Stock Cooler
Memory G.Skill RipjawsX {F3-2400C11D-16GXM x 2 [32GB]}
Video Card(s) Nvidia® Geforce® GTX™ 970
Storage Samsung 860 EVO 1TB mSATA SSD
Display(s) Dell™ UltraSharp U2718Q
Case In Win F430
Power Supply Seasonic® Prime Fanless Titanium 600W
Mouse Dell™ KM714 Wireless
Keyboard Dell™ KM714 Wireless
Software Windows 10 Pro x64
I use both Desktop Speakers and Headset, even tho i voted for Desktop Speakers. few years back i used to use all three Home Audio, Desktop Speakers and Headset
Oct 22, 2010
589 (0.19/day)
System Name Zen2600
Processor Ryzen 2600
Motherboard Gigabyte AB350M-D3V
Cooling CM Hyper 612S (Modified to fit AM4)
Memory 8 GB Crucial Elite 3000 @3200MHz [18-18-18-36-59] DDR4
Video Card(s) MSI R9 380 Gaming 4G @1120/1450MHz
Storage Crucial M550 256GB+WD Black 1TB+Seagate 4TB
Display(s) Samsung C27HG70
Case Phanteks Eclipse P400
Audio Device(s) Custom HP AMP + Sennheiser HD380
Power Supply Thermaltake Toughpower 850w Modular
Mouse Logitech G502
Keyboard ElE Game1
Software Windows 10 Home 64-bit
Benchmark Scores Cinebench 1220, Geekbench 4433 & 20080, Passmark9 4747
I used Receiver + speakers but then I bought good headphones which have better overall sound quality, so now I use them instead.


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Oct 9, 2007
36,497 (8.73/day)
Hyderabad, India
Processor AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
Motherboard MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC
Cooling AMD Wraith Prism
Memory 2x 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3000
Video Card(s) Colorful iGame GTX 1070 Ti Vulcan X
Storage Western Digital Black NVMe 512GB
Display(s) Samsung U28D590 28-inch 4K UHD
Case Corsair Carbide 100R
Audio Device(s) Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D PCIe
Power Supply Antec EarthWatts Pro Gold 750W
Mouse Razer Abyssus
Keyboard Microsoft Sidewinder X4
Software Windows 10 Pro
I think the results so far should serve as a revelation for gaming peripherals designers.
Jan 4, 2011
188 (0.06/day)
Anytime I'm not using a mic I use speakers, with a mic I use headphones or earphones.
That said I don't uses "gaming" headsets or speakers, generally ones made for music.
Sep 7, 2011
207 (0.08/day)
Pekanbaru - Riau - Indonesia - Earth - Universe
System Name My Best Friend...
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 650
Motherboard Made By Xiaomi
Cooling Air and My Hands :)
Memory 3GB LPDDR3
Video Card(s) Adreno 510
Storage Sandisk 32GB SDHC Class 10
Display(s) 5.5" 1080p IPS BOE
Case Made By Xiaomi
Audio Device(s) Snapdragon ?
Power Supply 2A Adapter
Mouse On Screen
Keyboard On Screen
Software Android 6.0.1
Benchmark Scores 90339
Always Dekstop Speaker...
I have ear problem, and my ears will get very hard pain if I use a headset more than 1 hrs.

medical reason, why I never use headset right now.

and I'm working at recording studio, using a Headset to monitoring..wauh it never cross in my mind.
better to use KRK Rokit or Esi nearfield
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Jan 28, 2012
11,108 (4.26/day)
Concord, NH
System Name Kratos
Processor Intel Core i7 3930k @ 4.5Ghz
Motherboard ASUS P9X79 Deluxe
Cooling Corsair H100i V2
Memory G.Skill DDR3-2133, 16gb (4x4gb) @ 9-11-10-28-108-1T 1.65v
Video Card(s) Sapphire AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Storage 2x120Gb SATA3 SSD Raid-0, 4x1Tb RAID-5, 1x500GB, 1x512GB Samsung 960 Pro NVMe
Display(s) 1x LG 27UD69P (4k), 2x Dell S2340M (1080p)
Case Antec 1200
Audio Device(s) Onboard Realtek® ALC898 8-Channel High Definition Audio
Power Supply Seasonic 1000-watt 80 PLUS Platinum
Mouse Logitech G602
Keyboard Rosewill RK-9100
Software Ubuntu 18.04 (5.0-rc7 Mainline Kernel)
Benchmark Scores Benchmarks aren't everything.
I use headphones because the Wife typically doesn't want to listen to my games. I've been very satisfied with my Senheiser HD 280 Pro for everything, games, video, and music.
Sep 15, 2004
1,576 (0.30/day)
System Name HAL
Processor Core i5 2500K
Motherboard Asus P8P67 Pro Rev3.1
Cooling stock
Memory 2x4GB Kingston 1600Mhz Blu
Video Card(s) Asus 560Ti DirectCuII TOP
Storage Kingston 120 3K SSD,WD Black WD1502FAEX
Display(s) LG 1440x900
Case Chieftec Mesh Midi
Audio Device(s) onboard
Power Supply Corsair TX750V2
Software w8
Both but these Cambridge Soundworks is the best thing I've ever heard for a PC
Dec 15, 2011
1,917 (0.72/day)
Sydney NSW, Australia
System Name Белая коробка | Alienware 13R3 | Asus T300 Chi | Synology DS416 w/ 4X6TB WD Red | Huawei P10
Processor Intel i7-7700k @ 4.8GHz | Intel i7-7700HQ
Motherboard Asus ROG Strix Z270G | Dell/Alienware thing
Cooling Bequiet! Dark Rock TF | Double fan
Memory G.Skill 2X8gb Trident Z RGB DDR4 3000mhz | DDR4 2X8GB 2400mhz
Video Card(s) Galax GeForce GTX 1080 HOF 8GB | Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
Storage Samsung 960 EVO 500GB, Crucial MX200 500GB, 1X WD 4TB Black | 256gb M.2 SSD, 512GB Intel 600p M.2
Display(s) LG 27UD68 & BenQ FP241W (ANCIENT!) | 13" 1080p IPS & Sony X7000E 49" 4K HDR TV
Case InWin 301 (white) | Alienware 13R3
Audio Device(s) Creative Sound Blaster Z | onboard sound -Onkyo 808 Receiver
Power Supply InWin Classic Series 900W | Dell 180W brick
Mouse Razer Mamba Wireless (2018) | Logitech G602
Keyboard Logitech G810 / Corsair K63 Wireless-Lapboard | Red Square OLD SCHOOL TKL - Gateron Blue
Software Windows 10 Home | Windows 10 Home
Benchmark Scores 2018 BMW 125i F20 LCI-2 | M-Sport | Sunset Orange | Shadow Line | Sunroof
Mar 14, 2009
3,909 (1.07/day)
System Name Fractured puke.
Processor Intel I7-8700k/G4400/AMD 9600
Motherboard MSI z370 Gaming M5/h110/ AMD b320
Cooling Corsair H110i/Intel/AMD
Memory 16GB G.Skill TridentZ 3200MHZ/8gb 2133mhz/8gb 2400mhz
Video Card(s) Nvidia GTX 1070ti/GTX 470/apu
Storage 960 EVO 500gb/256gb WD Black 2280 M2/Patriot Ignite 480gb SSD/ Inland Pro 256gb SSD
Display(s) Acer 32" QHD/ ViewSonic 24" FHD/HannSpree 24" 2680x1050
Case Fractal Design Meshify-C/ Rosewill FBM-01/ Rosewill FBM-01
Audio Device(s) creative audigy/nboard/ onboard
Power Supply Seasonic/TT/TT
Mouse Epicgear/red dragon/E3lue
Keyboard Razer Deatstalker/red dragon RGB/E3lue rgb
Software Windows 10Pro x64//
Mar 7, 2007
3,788 (0.86/day)
Pompano beach, Florida
System Name HAL
Processor Core i7 4770k @ 4.6 ghz.
Motherboard Asus Maximus VII Hero
Cooling H80i Closed loop liquid cooling.
Memory 4x 4 (16) GB Corsair Vengeance ddr3 2133 @ 2200
Video Card(s) GTX 1080 FTW
Storage 256 GB Ocz V4 SSD "Thank you Kreij (Dean)" + 2x 1TB drives.
Display(s) 50" Samsung, UHD, 4k, 60hz.
Case Corsair Carbide MId tower
Audio Device(s) LG system through optical 5.1
Power Supply CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850M
Software Microsoft Windows 10 x64
Benchmark Scores Haven (3720), Cinebench (932)
Can "both" be an option? lol..
I just don't get why anyone would want in game chat or coms going through their surround sound and cluttering up game sound..
I like them to be independent.

PS: A trick to not have to wear your headset on your ears.
Just turn the volume up to max and put them around your neck.
Apr 7, 2009
330 (0.09/day)
Valencia, Venezuela
System Name Tropicaliente | Digger
Processor FX-6300 | Q6600
Motherboard ASRock 970 Extreme 4 | Gigabyte X48T-DQ6
Cooling EVGA CLC120 | OCZ Vendetta
Memory 16GB DDR3-1600MHz | 8GB DDR3-1333MHz
Video Card(s) Powercolor RX-570 4GB Red Dragon | HIS HD5670 1GB IceQ
Storage 256GB SSD (OS) + 512GB SSD (Games) + 500GB + 2TB + 4TB | 80GB + 320GB
Display(s) Asus VN247H-P | KVM USB Switch
Case Antec ONE | MyOpenPC Doma Pro PCI
Audio Device(s) on board + Logitech Z623 | on board
Power Supply Corsair TX-750 | Antec VP-450
Mouse MS Wired Desktop 600
Keyboard MS Wired Desktop 600
Software Win 10 x64 | ESXi 5.5.0: pfSense + Nas4Free + Win8.1 x86 Cruncher
I use these...

13 yrs old and still sounds nice ;)
May 22, 2010
412 (0.13/day)
System Name Simon
Processor Core i7 5820K @ 4.4Ghz @1.25v core, 1.9v input, 1.12v system agent, 0.9v cache - 24/7 & P95 stable
Motherboard ASUS X99 Deluxe U3.1, BIOS 3101
Cooling Corsair H110i GTX + 2 x Corsair ML140 Pro Red LED, exhaust @ top panel
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 4x 8GB 2666 Mhz 16, 18, 18, 35, 2T (Stock)
Video Card(s) MSI GTX 1080 Gaming X (OC BIOS)
Storage Samsung 960 Evo 500 Gb, WD Green + White Label, total 17 TB
Display(s) 3x BenQ T2200HD (1920x1080, 60Hz) in 2D Surround, LG C7 OLED 55" TV (4K, 60Hz)
Case Corsair 760T + Corsair SP120 Perf.Ed. + 3x ML 140 Pro Red + DEMCI Dust Filter Kit + DeepCool RGB LED
Audio Device(s) Creative SB Z, Schiit Modi 2U + Magni 3, Hifiman HE-4XX, beyerdynamic 770 Pro 250Ω, Audeze iSine 10
Power Supply Corsair RM1000i + APC BackUPS RS1500 (modded w/ 170 AH Kung Long Batteries) + APC Smart UPS SUA1500i
Mouse Razer Naga Chroma + Reflex Lab Extended Mouse Pad + Xbox One S Controller + 3 x Xbox 360 Controllers
Keyboard Corsiar K70 RGB (2016 Edition) Cherry Mx Red w/ custom Arabic-legend shine-through keycaps
Software Windows 10 Pro x64 - ver. 1809
Benchmark Scores Onkyo TX-NR626 AV Receiver, speakers: 4x Yamaha NS-M325 + Yamaha NS-C3290 + Proson Libre Sub 8.1
Jan 26, 2011
5 (0.00/day)
MaCedonia, GreeCe
Processor i5 2500
Motherboard P8P67
Memory 8GB HyperX
Video Card(s) 7950 WindForce
Storage SSD Intel X-25V + WD Caviar Black SATA III
Display(s) LG 23" 1080p
Audio Device(s) X-Fi Fatal1ty Platinum + Logitech Z-5500 5.1
Software Win7 x64
Desktop Speakers.

4 or 5 years ago I bought Logitech's Z-5500 ( 5.1 ) with an X-Fi Fatal1ty Platinum Sound Card. I've transferred both on 3 PCs. It was the best investment I ever did on PC parts generally.

Nothing else keeps going for so long. Whether it is CPU, GPU or even HDD... I still enjoy top-quality sound on games, movies etc. I gave 500€ back then, but...
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Mar 1, 2010
3,565 (1.08/day)
By the Channel Tunnel, Kent, England
System Name Benny
Processor Phenom II 1055t @ 3.3GHz; 300x11; 1.380v; NB 2700; HT 2400
Motherboard ASUS Crosshair IV Formula (2002 BIOS)
Cooling Thermalright TRUE 120 Black + 2 Xilence Red Wing PWM 120mm (push/pull) + polycarbonate fan holders
Memory 8GB GeIL Ultra 2133MHZ C9 running at 1600MHz @ 7-7-7-21 1T 1.5v
Video Card(s) MSI Twin Frozr II GTX470 @ Stock w/CPU fan cable-tied on, as one of the GPU fans broke.
Storage 60GB OCZ Agility3 (OS);500GB WDC Grn; 1x1TB WDC Blk (Backup)
Display(s) ASUS PA823Q
Case Silverstone Raven 2 (all cables custom sleeved with velcro mod on side panel...)
Audio Device(s) X-Fi (Onboard) + Harmon Kardon HK6100 amp powering JVC HA-RX700's with Zalman mic
Power Supply Corsair HX650W
Software Win7 Pro x64
Benchmark Scores No benchies so making this space useful! Corsair M90, Logitech G19. Phobya FlexLight LED's (gawjus)
External home audio system if I'm solo, headset if I'm on TS.
Aug 9, 2008
4,854 (1.25/day)
Kingston, Ontario Canada
System Name My Rig | Kids Rig
Processor Core i5 3570K @ 4.0 ghz 1.15 vcore | FX 8350 @4 ghz
Motherboard EVGA Z77 FTW 1.21 BIOS |Gigabyte 990FXA UD3 (rev 4.0)
Cooling CM Hyper 212 EVO R2-push/pull with 2x 120mm PWM | CM Hyper 212
Memory Mushkin Blackline 4GB x 2 1600mhz XMP profile |G. Skill 4GB x 2 DDR3 1866mhz
Video Card(s) Sapphire RX 480 8gb | Asus Strix R9 390X 8GB
Storage Kingston SSDNOW V300 120/240 GB OS & Games / 1000 GB Data | 320GB OS / 500GB Data & Games
Display(s) Asus VA32AQ 32" IPS 60hz 1440P |Samsung S24D590 24" PLS 1080P
Case NZXT 810 Switch |Thermaltake Soprano Snow Edition
Audio Device(s) Asus Xonar DSX w/ Logitech z623 | Realtek
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 750W 80+ Gold | CoolerMaster GS750M 80+ Bronze
Mouse Razer Diamondback Chroma | Tt Level 10M
Keyboard Razer Ornata Chroma w/ meka-membrane keys | MadCatz S.T.R.I.K.E. TE w/ Kailh brown
Software Windows 10 Pro | Windows 10 Pro
Benchmark Scores Thanks to Norton/Lt_JWS/Guitar for the 2nd pc parts :)
I use both actually, but prefer Desktop Speakers. I have 2 logitech sets atm. The X540 5.1 SS 45 watt system and a z623 2.1 200 watt system (hooked up to tv, but when i put the pc on the tv and use hdmi sound it goes to the z623s) I use a headset only for mic purposes as the set sits on my neck. I would like to find a decent clip on mic so i can get rid of my headset.
Jul 5, 2008
287 (0.07/day)
System Name Red Mist
Processor i7 980X @ 4.2GHz
Motherboard P6T Deluxe
Cooling XSPC Delta (Chrome), Black Ice GTS280
Memory 3x4GB GSkill Ripjaws @ 1600MHz
Video Card(s) 7970 1GHz
Storage Samsung 250GB 850 EVO
Display(s) 22" Fujitsu + 50" FullHD Samsung PDP
Case Modded Cosmos 1000 (Ferrari Red metalic, white interior)
Audio Device(s) Soundblaster Z
Power Supply Antec TPQ 850
Mouse MS/Razer Habu
Keyboard CM Storm QuickFire TK
Benchmark Scores World First 4890 Crossfire Data. Highest scoring E2160 & E4600 on CPC Leaderboard.
Err all of the above. Depends on the game/situation

Headset: ASUS Vulcans when I want noise but not want to wake people up or for position critical sounds in multiplayer FPS games..

Desktop speakers: Sonos Pure DAB/iPhone Dock when the kids are away.

External: 7.1 home cinema system when the neighbours are out or they've ticked me off.
Oct 5, 2010
859 (0.28/day)
System Name FragBox
Processor Intel Core i7 2600K @ 5.0GHz/1.45 volts
Motherboard Asus P8Z77 WS
Cooling Custom CPU loop
Memory Kingston 12GB DDR3 1600
Video Card(s) Galaxy GTX 680/Zotac GTX 680 in SLi/EVGA GTX 650Ti
Storage 2 Vertex 3 120's, raid 0, 2 Seagate Momentus XT 500GB's in raid 0, 1 Hitatchi 2TB for backup
Display(s) 3 Acer S232HLX2 in nvidia surround
Case Corsair C70 White
Audio Device(s) Onboard
Power Supply Corsair AX1200
Software Win 7 x64 Pro
if I'm playing single-player, then speakers (2.1 is good enough for me)
if I'm playing an MMO or multiplayer, then a headset for voice chat.