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I'm looking at audio cards with a toslink/Optical OUT to go to my surround sound
But all the ones that look decent are PCI-e x1
and my 5450's heatsink comes down to far and completely covers my x1 slot
So would a normal PCI card be able to handle 5.1 surround from various containers?

Or should I just hold out until I can afford to buy better mobo
(thats better suited for HTPC duties then the 945GCNL)
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Originally Posted by von rottes View Post
I'm looking at audio cards with a toslink/Optical OUT to go to my surround sound
But all the ones that look decent are PCI-e x1
and my 5450's heatsink comes down to far and completely covers my x1 slot
So would a normal PCI card be able to handle 5.1 surround from various containers?

Or should I just hold out until I can afford to buy better mobo
(thats better suited for HTPC duties then the 945GCNL)
There is no benefit of a soundcard when using optical output. It's the same digital signal that would be passed via your mobo optical output - all the processing is done by your surround system.
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There is no benefit of a soundcard when using optical output. It's the same digital signal that would be passed via your mobo optical output - all the processing is done by your surround system.
My current board has intel HD 5.1 subsystem and Realtek ALC888 codecs.
BUT my line out is a standard 3.5mm plug
(if I'm not mistaken those are stereo only)

But on the subject of a new board.
I'd buy one better suited for what I'm using this one for (HTPC)
with onboard Optical
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My current board has intel HD 5.1 subsystem and Realtek ALC888 codecs.
BUT my line out is a standard 3.5mm plug
(if I'm not mistaken those are stereo only)

But on the subject of a new board.
I'd buy one better suited for what I'm using this one for (HTPC)
with onboard Optical
Something doesn't make sense here. What are you connecting the current system with? If your mobo doesn't have optical then yes, youll either need a new sound card or a new mobo. But if your mobo already has optical, there's no reason to get a soundcard.
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Something doesn't make sense here. What are you connecting the current system with? If your mobo doesn't have optical then yes, youll either need a new sound card or a new mobo. But if your mobo already has optical, there's no reason to get a soundcard.

My current one doesn't
But my next one most likely will.
And now I've gone and confused myself.
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My current one doesn't
But my next one most likely will.
And now I've gone and confused myself.
Well if you're getting a new motherboard then there's no need for a soundcard. It's optical output is the same as in a soundcard.
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Spoony,

do you ever read what you write? Did you think to ask if he has a receiver that would accept the HDMI output of his video card? Did you read what he said about his motherboard?

No.

Please think before you write.
Edited by chalkbluffgrown - 5/27/11 at 4:39pm
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Spoony,

do you ever read what you write? Did you think to ask if he has a receiver that would accept the HDMI output of his video card? Did you read what he said about his motherboard?

No.

Please think before you write.
I think he just goes down the list of new threads googling answers
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Spoony,

do you ever read what you write? Did you think to ask if he has a receiver that would accept the HDMI output of his video card? Did you read what he said about his motherboard?

No.

Please think before you write.
you remind me of a lil chi wawa kef kef kef kef. The OP is connecting to a receiver or not? Do you know if the OP has a receiver that supports Hdmi? Or are you assuming it don't. Maybe the OP got a Hdmi connection and dont know you can use the gpu. Dunno was just informing him of more options. Please next time contribute to the post and stop this person BS of yours its getting boring now.

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I think he just goes down the list of new threads googling answers
Just love that brown ring around your neck it smells like chuffbluffgrown all over
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