Mr. Fox wrote:
That is a strange problem, but it might have a simple solution. Have you tried loosening up the screws holding down the cooler? Maybe they are too tight and causing some distortion of some sort. Strange things can happen with pin contact in the CPU socket if the screws are overtightened. As long as the contact is decent, the screws only need to be snugged down.
Heee, if you use Maximus V Extreme with onboard audio...
Such things happen, there is a very good chance that after one of restart in next few days or clear cmos that onboard audio start to work again.
But if you use onboard audio and have premium hardware as Maximus V Extreme...
Sound Quality is neglected from side of gamers and big percent of enthusiast.
Because price of high end dedicate sound cards allowed me to use one of them I do that.
I can't say for graphics at the moment. People rather buy CPU Cooler worth 180$ than dedicate sound card worth 150$.
You don't need to listen music or look movies, if you use Youtube and listen voice difference is enough and justify investment.