I am spending roughly 3 grand on a PC, going 7700k, liquid cooled CPU, a 1080ti and a 144hz 1440p monitor. I am budgeting roughly 160 for a headset and mic, which I would prefer to be integrated but it doesn't have to. What do you guys recommend?
The best headset's are going to be Sennheiser. For $160;
You can pick up a pair of GAME Zeros or GAME Ones for $150-180 off ebay: http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_sacat=0&_nkw=sennheiser%20game&_dcat=171821&rt=nc&LH_ItemCondition=3&_trksid=p2045573.m1684 Sometimes even less than that.
Below $100; the Hyper X Cloud II is popular, http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odkw=sennheiser+game&LH_ItemCondition=3&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=p2045573.m570.l1313.TR12.TRC2.A0.H0.XHyper+X+Cloud+II.TRS0&_nkw=Hyper+X+Cloud+II&_sacat=0
and at/below $50ish - the Logitech G430 and G230 http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odkw=Hyper+X+Cloud+II&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=p2045573.m570.l1313.TR7.TRC2.A0.H0.Xlogitech+G430.TRS0&_nkw=logitech+G430&_sacat=0
Someone else is going to have to answer about seperate mic + headphone combos. But I hear the Blue Snowball Ice is a good budget choice.
The problem with most headsets with a built in mic are that the mic quality is often fairly poor. My recommendation is to get a set of good headphones and add a Modmic 5 to it. That mic is $70, so you should be able to get a decent pair of headphones with the remaining budget. The Modmic 4 is cheaper and also decent, but the 5 is newer and enough of an improvement that I think it's worth it.
There's plenty of YouTube reviews on it that have sound samples, so I encourage you to give those a listen and see how it compares to everything else.
A good pair of open back headphones like the SHP9500 plus a Modmic 4/5 is probably the best combination. Great sound and mic quality.
I have the Hyper X Cloud II, and I like it a lot. The mic is not integrated, but I have had good experience with it over discord. The 7.1 surround sound is pretty nice and it is a very comfortable headset for long gaming sessions. My ears get warm after several hours, but I have that problem with almost every head set haha. Overall it has been the best headset I have ever tried, but my budget was lower at around $100 ;).
The mic on the Game Zero's is actually good quality. People always assume I have a dedicated mic. Crystal clear, and flip up muting is a wonderful feature that I can not get rid of now.