As was already said: It depends.
With your budget, I don't think any capable "full range" towers exist (unless you're buying used equipment, or perhaps "close-out"), so I'd suggest 2.1. If you could double your budget, though, I'd say there are certainly options that stand on their own without the need for a sub-woofer. It also depends on what kind of music you listen to, to some extent (IMO).
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