• NEW computer build with good hardware

  • While playing audio speakers pop, crackle and audio lags randomly and intermittently.

Troubleshooting steps taken so far:

  • Uninstall all audio drivers, let Windows install default audio drivers

  • Install the latest Realtek High Definition Audio drivers (12/8/2015)

  • Go into Sounds - Playback - Speakers - Disable all enhancements

  • Changed the advanced sound features to 16 bit, 44100 Hz (CD Quality) basically the lowest setting

  • Checked speakers will cell phone to ensure it wasn't just bad speakers

  • Plugged speakers into headphone port on front of tower to ensure it wasn't just a bad connection on back panel

  • Installed all Windows Updates

  • Installed the lastest Nvidia GPU driver

  • Checked task manager to ensure normal operating performance

PC Specs:

  • Operating System: Windows 10 Enterprise 64-bit (10.0, Build 10586)

  • System Manufacturer: ASUS

  • BIOS Date: 08/18/15 10:48:41 Ver: 26.01

  • Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-4590 CPU @ 3.30GHz (4 CPUs), ~3.3GHz

  • Memory: 16384MB RAM

  • DirectX Version: 12

  • Card name: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970

I see no mention of motherboard chipset drivers. Since it's from Asus, check the site for this model. And you have this Enterprise OS so tap your IT to fix it.

It could also be a faulty hardware issue. Is this a desktop or a laptop? If desktop, have you tried an add-on audio card and disabling the integrated one? Also, try booting a Linux live DVD and playing some audio to see if it has the same problem. If so, then you can be pretty sure it is a hardware issue.

My guess would be a IRQ conflict which Windows has always had issues allocating properly.

Click "Start," then click "Control Panel" to open the Control Panel window. Double-click the "System" icon to open the "System Properties" window.

Click the "Hardware" tab, then click the "Device Manager" button. This opens the Device Manager.

Click the "View" menu at the top of the Device Manager window. Select "Resources by type" from the drop-down list. This displays a list of resource types.

Click the expansion box next to the "Interrupt request (IRQ)" icon. This displays a list of system devices and the IRQ numbers assigned to them. Devices with conflicting IRQs will be identified by an exclamation mark inside a yellow circle. Make a note of the IRQ number issued to the conflicting devices.

New buld .This sounds like a hard wear issu.Is it a new motherbroad .Then have it sent back as that what most likely the issue.