No sound but computer recognizes speakers

Hi all, I have an issue with my sound that I can't quite pinpoint. I just put together a computer with these specs:

Power supply: Corsair TX750
RAM: 2x 4GB G.Skills
Heatsink: Noctua NH-D14 (been told repeatedly I should've gotten a liquid cooling system instead but c'est la vie)
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX670
Monitor: Gateway FPD2185W
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate

The computer recognizes when I plug in my speakers in both the front and back ports since I get a popup letting me know an audio jack was plugged in. I can tell that the computer is trying to create sound - when I play music or games, the Volume Control goes haywire with that green bar (not sure what that's called). I tried playing music with drivers installed and uninstalled - nada.

I made sure that my sound wasn't muted and I checked all the connections between the speaker and computer multiple times. The speaker works with other computers too. I also made sure the volume was way up on both the speaker and computer. "Speakers Realtek High Definition Audio" is selected as my default speaker and the device is enabled. I also made sure I plugged in the HD AUDIO plug from my case into the SPDIF OUT port, and AC '97 is sitting by its lonesome, unplugged. I also ran speaker tests via the Speaker Setup and Tests and it acts like sound is being tested but there are no sounds.

I just can't figure out what's wrong.
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  1. Ugh, been on this all day. The only thing I can think of is maybe a mad card but everything else works and I have it finally set up. :/
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