In the latest chapter of my ongoing saga of weird audio issues that are (probably) mostly my own damn fault, my 3rd refurb receiver will be here tomorrow. The Integra DTR40.2 is one of those rare models with 7.1 Analog inputs. I have been using HDMI but I'm just sick of the issues. This receiver was initially better but really, it just has different quirks that, to be fair, could be caused by my monitors. Ongoing Issues related to HDMI audio and the requisite "accessory" display: 1. The Dell S2417DG monitors refuse to remain "disabled" in the audio section. I have 3 of them hooked up in NV Surround and all of them are disabled as audio devices but if the system goes to sleep or resets or reboots, or experiences a quirk, then one of those screens gets re-enabled and set to the default audio device. (I think this is a Dell issue and will persist regardless of my audio config.) 2. I keep having windows randomly snap to my "ghost" 1080P accessory display that is required for HDMI audio. I can mostly use the Windows UI to move things back, but it's super annoying (the NV Array is always the default monitor) 3. Some windows (mostly Guild Wars 2 and Firefox) keep resizing to 1080P windowed size (on a 1440P monitor) and sometimes get stuck and don't want to get bigger. My plan is: 1. Run Optical to my receiver for stereo / music (maybe a nice DAC later) 2. Run 3.5mm-RCA patch cords from my PC to my receiver for gaming in 7.1 surround QUESTION: How big a deal is it to run longer patch cables like that? Onboard sound fidelity is probably passable for gaming, but I could get a USB Xonar U7 MkII and run a long USB cable to place it close to the receiver and use shorter 1-3ft patch cables. Or I could get a nicer internal sound card but then I'm back to running 3x 10ft patch cables and I'm not sure if that would defeat the purpose of a better sound card.