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My Motherboard shows Support for HD 5.1, But only has standard 2.1 ports?

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I am using an asrock N68C-S UCC - http://www.asrock.com/mb/NVIDIA/N68C-S%20UCC/

Trying to hook up my 5.1 - 5 Speaker stereo to my PC. The outputs on my receiver are your standard Analog Red/White RCA cables, Optical Digital, and Coaxial Digital.

Why is my motherboard promoting that it supports 5.1 HD. Don't you need a DIGITAL hookup to get true 5.1 sound? Which in my case would be Optical or Coaxial. Seems my only Ports on my motherboard are standard 1/8 in. Aux ports.

So I guess my main question is. How exactly does my PC need to be hooked up for true 5.1 sound?
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I am not a pro audio guy, but my old 5.1 pc speakers were hooked up with 3 3.5mm jacks just like your motherboard.
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Oh I see, then its my stereo that does not have the corresponding ports ports to hook to my PC. I would need to look into getting a new soundcard in which has a coaxial, or Optical port to use this stereo.

Image for the back of my receiver http://www.hometheater.com/images/archivesart/1206pio.3.jpg
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