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I need some help deciding whether to hook up my receiver to my PC or not. My aged logitech z-2300's don't hold up to loud music very well, they crackle and such when I turn them up loudly. I have a SONY receiver and speakers/sub laying around that I could use instead but I'm not sure if it would work properly.

My comp has a Creative X-fi Fatality extreme gamer blah blah blah sound card. Is it just a matter of getting a 3.5mm > RCA cable and plugging the comp into the receiver? Will it output stereo and work just like my current speakers with the sub functioning properly? Will it sound better?

I'm really pretty clueless about this and appreciate any help. Thanks!
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Your motherboard has both optical and coax digital audio out on it. Problem solved?
 
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Would I not be doing myself a disservice by using the onboard when I have a discrete sound card?
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Your motherboard has both optical and coax digital audio out on it. Problem solved?

Exactly. By going either coax or optical, you allow the digital signal to be processed by the receiver. You bypass the Creative card but your receiver more than likely handles the DSP much better anyway.

You will however lose the positional audio in games, unless your soundcard has an optical out that you can connect to the receiver. Then, your receiver still processes the digital signal but keeps the positional stuff included in the data stream by the soundcard.
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Would I not be doing myself a disservice by using the onboard when I have a discrete sound card?

By using a digital receiver you are bypassing virtually ALL of the work the sound card would do, onboard or otherwise. All DAC and DSP functions (unless if possible as noted in the above post) are relegated to the receiver.
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You will however lose the positional audio in games, unless your soundcard has an optical out that you can connect to the receiver. Then, your receiver still processes the digital signal but keeps the positional stuff included in the data stream by the soundcard.

as for positional audio you will lose any 3rd party magic (sorry for using that term), but the very nature of audio is positional to some extent, depending on the game's engine itself.
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