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After realizing how confusing my post was, I did some research and have rewritten it. I thought this was better than starting a whole new one.

Basically, I want to have a nice, neat, all-in-one audio solution. I want to have my xbox audio and chat come into the pc so I can control volume levels (and possibly record) from there.
So to do that I need an optical input from the xbox, a line in for the xbox chat audio, and a way to output my mic (which is plugged into the pc) back to the xbox.
I want to be able to control the gain on my microphone as well as the volume of each audio source (chat, main audio, and audio from the pc itself).

So do I need a sound card to get this done, or will it work with onboard audio? I'm looking to get an Asrock Z77, most like the extreme4-m, the extreme4, or the extreme6. If I need a sound card, which one will get the job done?
I'm mostly concerned with the functionality right now, I'l worry about quality next. If I need to buy something, I'm hoping to keep it under $100.

I'd like to control all the volumes with hotkeys. I think windows can do what I want, but if there is some sort of software that makes all this nicer I'm all ears (no pun intended).
Edited by MME1122 - 5/21/12 at 12:50pm
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wow that's alot of questions.
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I want to have sound from my computer (duh): Game audio, chat audio, and possibly music. I want to be able to mix the volumes and control a master volume. I also want to able to adjust my microphone input (how loud others hear me). This isn't the hard part.

win7 does this natively.
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I use a pair a headphones, is virtual surround really all it's cracked up to be? I know a good speaker system is better, but I'm a college student and speakers are just too bulky for my dorm room. I can't hang them on the walls either unfortunately. These are the headphones I use. As far as impedance, microphone, and such, they're similar to iPhone ear buds. It has the same single plug, I have a splitter that I'll most likely be using. If the mic on my headphones doesn't perform well enough I want something that will sit on my desk.

those are great earbuds, but I'd get a decent pair of cans for computer/gaming use as a comfort thing.

surround headphones are not worth the money, IMO, a same cost pair of stereo cans will be a much better buy.

and onboard might be able to do everything you need, dunno about the xbox audio input though. that's an odd request. i plug my headphones into the tv when using the xbox (tv has amped headphone out) and it sounds much better than my entertainment system. I have a pair of hd428s (cheap compared to your earbuds) and use them for everything all the time, you can never go wrong with a good set of cans and save the quality buds you have for on-the-move listening.
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Thanks for being the only one to decipher my crazy questions Nocturin tongue.gif

It's a personal preference, I have never found a pair of headphones tat were comfortable for more than an hour or so. They also mess up my hair tongue.gif I love my ear buds.

Also I'm planning on ditching the tv I have and getting an ultrasharp, so I'd be using an hdmi>DVI adapter for the xbox. Plugging my headphones into the TV wouldn't be an option. And if I do that I can't control the volumes and my mic separately like I want to.
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Thanks for being the only one to decipher my crazy questions Nocturin tongue.gif
It's a personal preference, I have never found a pair of headphones tat were comfortable for more than an hour or so. They also mess up my hair tongue.gif I love my ear buds.
Also I'm planning on ditching the tv I have and getting an ultrasharp, so I'd be using an hdmi>DVI adapter for the xbox. Plugging my headphones into the TV wouldn't be an option. And if I do that I can't control the volumes and my mic separately like I want to.

Your welcome smile.gif

I used to prefer buds until I got my cans (only paid $70 but soo worth it) and my ears don't hurt anymore!

Keep the TV for the xbox biggrin.gif, it might not scale properly on anything over a 1080p resolution.
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I want either the U2212HM or the U2312HM, both of which are 1080p. I want better colors, and the adjustable stand will allow the 23" monitor to sit on m desk at home. My current 23" tv can't do that.
And I don't have enough room or cash to keep the tv and get a new monitor frown.gif
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