Asus Xonar Essence STX sound card: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001OV789U/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00
My guesses so far as to the problem:
- Not enough power from the power supply unit? Or I just have crappy/sketchy one in general?
- Malfunction with my RAM (even though my system recognizes all 16GB that I installed)?
- sound card driver? (I have reinstalled the latest driver multiple times)
- sound card itself is defective (hard to believe seeing as how everything works, save for the random microstuttering)
At this point I am pretty stuck, but have a feeling you guys may have a better clue than me, any help or feedback would be greatly appreciated!
Update your motherboard's chip set drivers to the latest version
Try the third party drivers "Unified Xonar Drivers" from the website Brainbit.
You did disable the on-board audio, in your motherboard's bios?