Hey folks, In trying to solve my mic issues, I've decided to make the jump from my ASUS P5B's onboard audio (7.1 Soundmax HD) to a 3rd party sound card. Money's tight, and I've heard from enough people that even a cheaper card will still be an improvement in terms of performance (less strain on my CPU during games, etc), and a reduction in sound interference on the microphone (my biggest problem right now). I went to Bestbuy. The bottom of their sound card barrel was a Dynex 5.1, then a Dynex 7.1, both under $50, and my next option was a $100 Creative card. I went for the better of the two Dynex cards. Came home and began the process of installing it (I've done a fair bit of surgery on my PC by myself, but I'm still not that knowledgable), and discovered that the manual was telling me to connect some cables to the card, which I haven't had to do with past sound cards I've owned in older computers. I don't care about any front ports like headphone or mic, but are any of the other connections essential? Things like S/PDIF and something called "game port" (I don't even know what that is or where I'd find it on my mobo)? If I need to connect the DVD drive I have a problem, because the bundle of wires that goes from the power source to the DVD and then out from there doesn't reach the soundcard (mainly because I have to install it upside down because of which side my mobo attaches to my case on). In trying to research this card, I've discovered that it's discontinued! I'm a bit annoyed with Bestbuy for selling a discontinued card and not saying anything about that. So I have the drivers that come with it, but there don't appear to be any updates available. The Dynex site doesn't offer any drivers for it at all. So aside from my general need for info and guidance. this is my main issue: If price is a concern, should I just install this Dynex card and use the drivers that it came with and I should be okay (keeping in mind that I run new and cutting edge games), or will I encounter major problems because of a cheap card and out-of-date drivers that can't be updated? My secondary question is the one about whether or not any of the connections the manual mentions are essential, or if the card will work just from being seated in the PCI slot. Thanks. Happy holidays.