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Long story short: I was scrimming with my team, a teammate heard a guy and I didn't. I just built this PC so that's a little disheartening. Being new to the PC, I have NO idea how to change my settings with it. Here are the specs:

Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 965 Processor (4 CPUs), ~3.4GHz
Memory: 4096MB RAM
Hard Drive: 1 TB Western Digital
Video Card: Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5850 Vapor-X
Monitor: Vizio 24" HD TV
Sound Card: Speakers (VIA High Definition Audio)
Speakers/Headphones: Razer Carcharias
Keyboard: Logitech G110 Gaming Keyboard
Mouse: Logitech HID-compliant G9 Laser Mouse
Mouse Surface: ALLSOP Control Gaming Mousepad
Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (6.1, Build 7600) (7600.win7_gdr.100226-1909)
Motherboard: ASUS-M4A79XTD EVO
Computer Case: HAF 932

Using onboard sound obviously. I'm completely new to this VIA HD Audio Deck thing, so I have no idea what to do with that, when I go into device manager, there are two entries under Sound, video and game controllers: AMD High Def audio, and VIA High Def audio; both are enabled. Headset/mic is plugged into the front jacks, an old stereo system plugged into the back (for when I'm not gaming). In game audio is set to 32 channel (no idea what that means, nor do I know what bit depth or sample rate are, or what a good number for either are).

Should I buy a sound card? If so, this would be my first purchase; taken from another thread, would the Asus Xonar DG be acceptable? If someone is willing to work with me I would be MORE than happy to have someone teamview me, as I am a sound noob lol. I'm not sure how many gamers are in this community, but my Xfire is Nioken88.
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You should ask him what soundcard/headphones he's using. The VIA HD software doesn't do much really, you could maybe change the equalizer to emphasize footsteps. If your wanting to hear footsteps better then a volume leveler is an advantage (makes quiet sounds louder and loud sounds quieter) especially when there's not too much other noise going on and I found the one on the X-Fi's to be more effective than the Xonars, I think generally if your purely into gaming you might be better off with an X-Fi.
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He is using onboard sound with this mobo: Pegatron M2N68-LA and a Steelseries Siberia v2 headset plugged into his front jacks. His software is RealTek.

I tried messing with the equalizer as suggested, but nothing seemed to increase the sound of footsteps, only distort everything else. This is odd as I had done this with my previous computer in a different game, and just increasing the bass output in the equalizer did it. I also messed around with the DTS Surround Sound Simulation feature, and while allowing me to hear further than I was able to before, I had lost the ability to pinpoint locations (able to tell up, left, down, and right of course).

As far as these X-Fi's go, is there one comparable to the Xonar DG in the sense that it's cheap (under 35$), but not cheap (a piece of garbage)? The term "volume leveler" does concern me a bit because it is a loud game. There is a LOT going on: ambient noise, helicopters, radios as you walk by them, radio commands, truck/tank engines, etc. Would it still be effective and would it also lower the sound of gunfire? Sorry if these are really idiotic questions but I have no idea what I'm talking about; thanks for putting up with me and for the timely response. I read a few stickies and plugged my headset/mic into my rear jacks, although I hardly noticed a difference.
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Get a sound card and better headphones. Lots of good recommendations if you use the search function.
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