update: just took disc out and wiped it down (it wasn't dirty in the 1st place, its a brand new retail copy and I am 100% sure I never touched the disk bottom). It has now made it past the audio package. Maybe just the act of re-inserting the cd in the drive did something? anyone else with this issue try and lemme know if it works!
8800 Ultra SLI | 3.00ghz Pentium Core 2 Duo | 4gb OCZ Platinum DDR2 RAM | Asus Striker Extreme Mobo (680i) | Creative X-FI Xtreme Music | 1920 x 1080