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What about the audio over HDMI? I've never run HDMI off a graphics card; would it be 5.1 or better? On the crappy system we've got now it works, but it's only stereo. It would be nice not to have to set up a connection to both the TV and the receiver, as the TV already has an optical out to the receiver.

+rep all around, thanks for the help guys.
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post #12 of 18
really any decent gpu will be good for your needs. The onboard chips just can't decode video the way a dedicated GPU can.

most cards can output audio through the HDMI port, so if you hook it up then it should carry whatever audio the media source provides.
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Most newer cards seem to do at least 5.1, according to this thing i was reading ever since the 9 series nvidia.
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post #14 of 18
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Yeah, looking at AMD's website 7.1 HD audio is listed as a feature on all of those cards. Looks like I'm all set, just need to pick out a case!
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An overclocked Sempron 140 (AM3) + Biostar 880G/GB+ with 2~4GB RAM would be sufficient to stream 1080p content without stuttering/without the need to purchase a dedicated card.

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Originally Posted by thrasherht View Post
really any decent gpu will be good for your needs. The onboard chips just can't decode video the way a dedicated GPU can.
They can. They're just very limited when it comes to post-processing (as in practically none).

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What about the audio over HDMI? I've never run HDMI off a graphics card; would it be 5.1 or better? On the crappy system we've got now it works, but it's only stereo. It would be nice not to have to set up a connection to both the TV and the receiver, as the TV already has an optical out to the receiver.
ATI video cards have supported audio over HDMI since the HD 2000 series while Nvidia didn't really have it until low-end GeForce 200 (G210, GT 220, GT 240). Aside from 3D support, ATI is usually ahead of the game when it comes to HTPC features.

HD 2000: 5.1ch AC3, 2ch LPCM
HD 3000: same as HD 2000
HD 4000: 5.1ch AC3, 7.1ch LPCM
HD 5000: 5.1ch AC3, 7.1ch LPCM, TrueHD, DTS-HD

HD 6000 just adds 3D support.

Best way to set it up would be:
HTPC (HDMI) ---> AVR (HDMI) ---> HDTV
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post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by GanjaSMK View Post
An overclocked Sempron 140 (AM3) + Biostar 880G/GB+ with 2~4GB RAM would be sufficient to stream 1080p content without stuttering/without the need to purchase a dedicated card.

Find something that supports your X2 with 4250/4290 integrated graphics or better!
I'd look into this, but I seriously doubt there's a mobo that is cheaper than the $35 graphics card that accomplishes the same thing. Thanks anyway though, +rep

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Originally Posted by rui-no-onna
Best way to set it up would be:
HTPC (HDMI) ---> AVR (HDMI) ---> HDTV
Our receiver doesn't have an HDMI or it would already be set up this way. (It's probably about 10 years old.) Come to think of it, our current problem may be that the TV only passes stereo through to the receiver... I'm not at home so I can't verify. If that's the case then I'll just run the onboard 7.1 directly to the receiver.
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I wish a 6650 would come out so i can have the performance of a 4770.
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