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Do not listen to that guy. They don't understand what you are doing or don't understand how digital out works.

You will not benefit from a soundcard. Look at my sig computer, i'm doing something similiar to you and using roughly $3000 speakers and a roughly $2000 receiver. There is ZERO difference using a soundcard on my setup. I compared it with an Auzentech HomeTheaterHD that had HDMI on it. Using HDMI on my GTX580 vs that sound card was absolutely no sound quality difference. Digital is digital.

The only problem you may have is with older games (pre-vista) that want to use EAX. It's rare and you can still get them to work.
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Originally Posted by huhh;13627491 
The sound will only be as good as the onboard can deliver, optical or not. Try it, and if you don't like it upgrade.

Not sure where you are getting your information. The onboard soundcard will only send a digital signal to the external receiver, then the receiver does what little processing that digital signal requires.
Edited by Murlocke - 5/24/11 at 10:03pm
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Alright thanks. I'll stick with the pci card that came with my mobo then. If I run into any issues with older games then I can fall back on to the x-540 I have.
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