So basically, I'm building a 2.1 system piece by piece. I'll start with a receiver and bookshelf speakers, preferably under $500, and implement them in with a sub later on because a good sub can beat my budget on it's own. I'll be expanding it to a 5.1 later on but am limited by the size of my room and my budget right now. I don't need a frilly receiver and I think that Onkyo produces some great sound and features for fair prices. I think the Onkyo TX-NR414 may be what I'm looking for in that regard (HDMI, almost all audio decoding, and 100+ watts per channel). So with the best deal on that receiver, I'd have around 300 to spend on bookshelf speakers. I don't mind waiting for more money to get great quality speakers though.
-I think my budget for bookshelf speakers is probably 300-500 and when the time comes for the sub, 300-500 is probably about right as well.
-My use of this system is primarily for gaming, movies and occasionally music.
-I'm upgrading from crappy vizio tv speakers and hp pavillion dv6 internal Beats speakers. (my sister has my 4 giant 20 yr old sansui speakers and my receiver in Oregon)
-If you have any suggestions on other receivers, my ears are open. (200-300)
-I'll be running HDMI from my laptop and PS3 and VGA from my old pc. All HDMI into my vizio led tv.
-I'd like to have an idea of what sub will work well with the speakers that I choose.
-Looking for absolute best quality for the money.
Remember, I'd prefer to get a good quality receiver and awesome speakers under 500 but am aware that it'll probably take more money and time. I've been all over town listening to set-ups at big-box stores. None of them in my price range have impressed me, and the ones that have exceed it quite easily. I have plenty of speaker wire from the 5.1 system i set up for my dad and plenty of hdmi cables too. I'll probably mostly be buying from online sources because of steep discounts and I'll be mostly relying on the expertize of you good people because of the lack of listening ability in stores.
Any help is appreciated but I'd prefer to hear from people that know exactly what it is that they're suggesting i spend my money on.