Sound card craziness, what is going wrong??
Ok I'm having some serious bad luck with sound cards lately and want to know if anyone can chime in with any suggestions about what could be going wrong.
I'm building a new pc, got it up and running fine, them decide to add a sound card because onboard audio is still not very good. So I get an Asus strix raid and pop it in but it needs a 6-pin connection. No motherboards today have a single 6-pin cable so I had to use a molex adapter first, which resulted in no power to the card. Then I did some research and it was suggested to use an 8 pin to 6+2 PCIe cable. Tried that, PC came on, had a display, PSU started clicking (850w Corsair) so I powered down, reboot and then had no board lights and no display with a constant reboot loop and the PSU clicking here and there.
The card apparently bricked the board somehow and I believe it was related to the cable used but there is nothing else to use.
Replaced the board, took the sound card back, reloaded windows 10 and everything was fine.
Fast forward a week and I order another sound card (eCLARO), pop it in yesterday, the card (or PSU, but I cant really tell which one) starts makeing a clicking sound again in the newly replaced MSI Mobo) install the drivers, reboot. No more clicks, yay. Now I cant find the SW for the card, drive searches bring up nothing and all I can get to is the windows sound properties but the default sound device is the eCLARO. So ok, at least windows sees the card but I cant use the software options because it won't show up. I had debloated windows the day before so I figure that may have something to do with it so I reinstall Windows. I go to update windows and THERE'S NO LAN CONTROLLER. I cant install the LAN drivers because or update Windows because it cant find any network adapter on the board now. Nothing. So I reboot again. NOW THERE'S NO DISPLAY again, and still no LAN. The LAN lights show just solid orange with no activity. Swapped graphics card and got a display back but still no LAN CONTROLLER. I don't even know if the sound card even works because I cant get any audio out of it. But now it seems that 2 completely different sound cards have borked 2 different boards and if I cant get online I have to take ANOTHER board back and get that one swapped out.
This has been the most unbelievable headache and cannot figure out what the problem is. I've been building PC's since 2002 and have never came across this kind of luck with sound cards. I'm completely stumped as to what the heck is going on and at a complete loss of words.
Anyone have any suggestions?? I'm racking my head as to what the problem is. This is crazy and cant be pure coincidence but that's what it sure looks like.
MSI gaming edge ac Mobo
Thermaltake grand PSU 850W