Hi all, First, some background for you: So I've been having issues with my onboard sound for quite some time now. Sometimes it will happily acknowledge that my headset microphone is indeed working and shows the levels correctly. At others it will record sound at a far lower volume than it should, or flat out show no sound being captured. Now I don't honestly know whether this is a problem with my headset's microphone (Sennheiser PC150 with a 2.5mm jack, not usb) or my onboard sound input (playback is fine)... or maybe a bit of both. I do know that I've tried many things to fix it :Fresh 7 install, newer/older drivers, both back and front panel audio input. The only thing that provides a temporary fix when it refuses to register any sound input is to restart some sound related services. Frankly I'm sick of it and just want to bypass the issue. Now I have no idea whether to just grab a good USB headset and call it a day, or go all out on a Xonar D2X (or something else?) and a good 2.5mm jack headset. Using the recent review of the Corsair Vengeance 1300 Review as an example... would opting for the the 1300 with a D2X even make a difference in audio quality over the 1500? Not so fussed about 7.1 audio from USB, but won't snub it either. Really I'm looking to have as few issues as possible, so reliable hardware and drivers are important here. That pretty much means no Creative sound cards. I've had enough "fun" with my old build, dealing with an Audigy 2 ZS (great card, terrible driver install process and support) I don't use speakers with my PC, just my headset. I make a lot of Skype calls and such so the headset needs to have a good microphone; comfort is important too. I've read enough threads to know there are plenty of people who say it is best to get a good set of headphones and a separate microphone. I honestly appreciate that viewpoint, but I'm really going for convenience here. Budget is flexible, I can pony-up up to £200 if I'm going down the sound card and headset route. £200 for a headset is a bit steep, but I would if the headset really was worth it. Any advice you can give me will be greatly appreciated. Even somewhere to head to for good headset reviews so I can decide for myself would help. (Nothing wrong with the headset reviews here, just not many of them) Thanks!