So, I use Speakers VIA HDMI Audio on my GPU, to a A/V Receiver, with actual 5.1 speakers, not PC speakers. It's pretty awesome and glad I finally went that route after so many years. Much worth it. However, I still want to use my headset; and my only option would be to use Onboard at this point. (My A/V Receiver had a Headset jack, but I'd need an Adapter, and then also no CMSS3D which I love, Virtual does not compare, plus no mic jack...so yeah.) I have a Creative X-Fi Titanium Professional sound card. However...no free slots, anywhere. Except right next to the CPU cooler. So to make it fit into the slot, I had to slightly pull at the CPU cooler and sink it in. Really tight fit and I believe the CPU cooler is even pushing against the card... So the "X-FI" light, isn't fully lit up, even after I tried to reposition it many times. Seems there isn't much I can do there, it was my only free PCI-E slot. it kinda blinks even. Obviously not being fully powered, I can't get anything but noise out of it in Windows. Only noise. Guessing trying to jam it in that tight fit is a no go, eh? I thought so from the start, but had to try... So that leaves me with the option of using Onboard...or, while not ideal, some sort of USB Sound card, which I understand to be pretty bad, but still better than Onboard. I mainly game, but I also watch alot of movies. However, I will probably only game with the Headset...so yes, mainly gaming. I want to do Creative because I love CMSS3D, I know some think it's nothing big, but it really works well. I know of the Recon3D series. If I could get my sound card to work, that'd be awesome, but it seems a DH-NH14 in this one case, is not awesome. I could switch to a H100 I guess, but that's also a pretty penny... I have the Sennheiser PC350 Headset, I have had it for 2 years, and got it for 99$, and I feel it was a fair price for what is basically HD555+ Clip on Mic. I have not done the Hero mod, because I am a chicken, but I did order Velour earpads for it and it's much more comfy. Seriously, Pleather sucks, the feeling on the skin is awful...the velour pads feel more natural. So as far as I can tell; I can switch out my CPU cooler to a H100, which seems to get about the same results, but requires alot more effort as well, or...get a USB soundcard, just for my headset. I thought of a Desktop mic as a possible solution, but really, with my speakers going loudly, could barely hear me...and alot of backround noise, obviously. Not ideal for the only FPS I'd want to use it for. I plan to fiddle with my sound card more, but I hope USB Sound cards have come some ways since I last heard of them. Thank you.