Both the motherboard and soundcard support 7.1 devices.
Changed some things around so right now.
Headset is connected to the mobo. Audio is playing out of the headset
External speakers are connected to the soundcard, nothing is coming out or showing up in playback devices.
Did a little fiddling around
So if the control software for the soundcard is uninstalled the speakers connected to the on-board show back up. But anything connected to the soundcard won't show back up in playback devices.
Are there like 3rd party or community drivers I can download that would eliminate this issue?