im contemplating on stopping the use of my external sound card because its a little out dated and im thinking it might be the cause of the stuttering when i play oblivion. so could someone give me some advice about this? maybe use the onboard in the meantime before i get an internal? i've got a Creative Sound Blaster Live! Ext. card. my mobo has Realtek ALC888 onboard. i've ruled out that its my video card because im running an ati 2600XT on high settings, i've also tried running the game on lowest settings, it still stutters while im moving in the game. so, any thoughts would be cool. another note, im using a 5.1 set up.