I have done a lot of troubleshooting myself already. HOURS and HOURS, now i need some professional help.
MOBO: ASUS M4A88-t EVO/USB3
Here is what I have done:
Rolled back drivers
Updated drivers from MOBO website
uninstalled and re-installed EVERYTHING
broke open case and made sure HD audio chord was in correct place
went through bios to see that everything was configured correctly
Had though that maybe it was being caused by a recent change to crossfire with a DVI chord in main video card, but undid all that and didnt help.
Whatever yall need let me know. Built this computer from scratch and problem only started within last few weeks. ANNOYING
THANKS (love this site, super useful tool)