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Just get a 2400/2600 passively cooled with HDMI output. That should fit all your needs!
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actually I used to think ATI was good for an HTPC solution, but I've found that HDMI sound out through the video card isn't very useful.

First if your wanting to go through a sound system, the system needs to support HDMI IN, which is very uncommon and mainly found on high end receivers/theaters that are like $500+ so the other alternative is to plug it directly into the TV and use either those speakers or something you have connected via component or something like that. I would say, it's better to have optical out through your sound card where you can get better sound to your audio system and it's a lot cheaper.

Don't get me wrong, I love my ATI HTPC solution but I'm actually just using my TV for the video and my logitech Z-5300e's for the audio.
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actually I used to think ATI was good for an HTPC solution, but I've found that HDMI sound out through the video card isn't very useful.

First if your wanting to go through a sound system, the system needs to support HDMI IN, which is very uncommon and mainly found on high end receivers/theaters that are like $500+ so the other alternative is to plug it directly into the TV and use either those speakers or something you have connected via component or something like that. I would say, it's better to have optical out through your sound card where you can get better sound to your audio system and it's a lot cheaper.

Don't get me wrong, I love my ATI HTPC solution but I'm actually just using my TV for the video and my logitech Z-5300e's for the audio.
That is annoying, but if you have a nice sound system you're going to want nice sound card anyways. Its great if you don't use a receiver though because you can still get 5.1 and 1080p from the same cable.
    
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i know you said you perferred ati, but...

i am running the msi8600gts with hdmi out and it has proven to be the perfect card for my htpc. i use the onboard mobo hd sound on my m57sli and connect the coax digital out to the vid card so vid and sound both go to the tv over the hdmi. you dont want to always have to use the stereo just to watch tv.

i also have the optical out from the mobo connected to my receiver (z5500s) so that way i have digital audio going to both and can use the stereo whenever i want. best of both worlds
    
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http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...cture=Gigabyte

Any standard DVI-->HDMI adapter shouldn't work, as there has never been any implementation of DVI that could also cary audio in the same cable. Did you receive the adapter with the card?

AMDs website specifically says that it's a special, propriatry adapter:



http://shop.ati.com/product.asp?sku=3526142
My suggestion then is to do your research. I guess I was wrong about all the 2600 series having the HDMI audio feature, which is really weird because the 2600 series has audio processing on the card. I find it a little disturbing that gigabyte can get away with calling that card a 2600XT without all of the advertised features working out of the box. I have this card in my HTPC. Well, i have a GDDR3 version, they cut it back to GDDR2 for costs and it has great sound on it.

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First if your wanting to go through a sound system, the system needs to support HDMI IN, which is very uncommon and mainly found on high end receivers/theaters that are like $500+ so the other alternative is to plug it directly into the TV and use either those speakers or something you have connected via component or something like that. I would say, it's better to have optical out through your sound card where you can get better sound to your audio system and it's a lot cheaper.
I'll agree with you here dragon, thats what i eventually did. but $500 is not a high end receiver, it is more like upper low end. I have a Sony STR-DG910 that has hdmi in and can be found for under $400. Also almost all new receivers and tvs come with hdmi so it isn't as big of a deal anymore.
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