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That's great to hear! I like the price, and NO, I definitely don't need stuff way too loud. I do have a XFX HD 6950 2gb, so yes I could use an HDMI (my graphics card actually supports 7.1 sound, I didn't even know that). But does that give me surround sound in games? Otherwise, I may have to add a sound card to my final budget. I'm pretty open to suggestion if that's needed.

It'll give you DD or DTS, which games do NOT support. You could still use Dolby Prologic II, which is nearly the same except its mono on the surround channels instead of stereo (both rear speakers will act as 1 instead of 2 seperate speakers). If you want full Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound in gaming, you'll have to look into a sound card that can convert the game's 5.1 surround into DD or DTS over the optical / SPDIF output. I don't know exactly which cards do and don't, but I know they're out there.

Onboard / HDMI is just fine and plenty, and works great for movies / gaming. The biggest downfall of it is the way game's 5.1 surround is encoded, as its not a standard codec used by AV receivers. So essentially, you're stuck with 2 channels of audio for gaming, which the receiver can then encode itself into basically a 4.1 setup (front left, front right, center, surround, sub).
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surround sound in games over digital requires software to encode the multi-channel pcm into dolby or dts. Some sound cards come with it on the software install disks, most don't.

http://ac3filter.net/wiki/Spdifer
That would work for anything that used DirectShow, though I doubt too many games would make use of it?



http://www.realtek.com/products/productsView.aspx?Langid=1&PNid=24&PFid=28&Level=5&Conn=4&ProdID=284
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Optional Dolby PCEE program, SRS TruSurround HD, SRS Premium Sound, Fortemedia SAM, Creative Host Audio, Synopsys Sonic Focus, DTS Surround Sensation | UltraPC, and DTS Connect licenses

That means that you may or may not have DTS Connect software included with your sound card; it depends on your motherboard manufacturer. Check your motherboard disc and/or the online downloads for your motherboard.
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If you don't have the software as part of your motherboard, then the cheapest sound card I could find that included it was this, but you may decide you want something better.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829132053&Tpk=xonar%20dsx

Unlike Creative, I couldn't find anywhere on realtek's site where you could buy the optional DTS Connect software. Creative sells it for $5 for Creative sound cards.

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I've just read that selecting HDMI as your audio playback device may actually allow you to run multichannel PCM directly to your receiver. You'll have to try it to be sure though.
Edited by Electrocutor - 9/23/12 at 9:43pm
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Sorry for bumping this thread after a "long" time again, but are there any other sound card suggestions for 5.1 gaming other than that one? I don't think my motherboard offers such software, so I'll have to get a sound card too, which is not a big deal if that's what I really need to get what I want. It doesn't have to be the cheapest card if paying more means getting better sound quality.

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What do you guys think about these 2 cards?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102041
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102042

I've read somewhere they can give me 5.1 gaming sound through optical, is that correct? How much better do you think they are compared to that one you suggested Electrocutor? By the way, isn't there a better way to get 5.1 gaming and movie sound other than optical?

Any new suggestiions are welcome. All I really need is a final bump to make sure I'm buying the "right" soundcard for my 5.1 speakers to kick ass in both games and movies.
Edited by vhapter - 10/5/12 at 2:36pm
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Sorry for bumping this thread after a "long" time again, but are there any other sound card suggestions for 5.1 gaming other than that one? I don't think my motherboard offers such software, so I'll have to get a sound card too, which is not a big deal if that's what I really need to get what I want. It doesn't have to be the cheapest card if paying more means getting better sound quality.

EDIT
What do you guys think about these 2 cards?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102041
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102042

I've read somewhere they can give me 5.1 gaming sound through optical, is that correct? How much better do you think they are compared to that one you suggested Electrocutor? By the way, isn't there a better way to get 5.1 gaming and movie sound other than optical?

Any new suggestiions are welcome. All I really need is a final bump to make sure I'm buying the "right" soundcard for my 5.1 speakers to kick ass in both games and movies.

Look up the Xonar line up. I forget what exact models, but a few of them offer 7.1 encoding for DTS over optical, and that's what you need.
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