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I bought an asus en9600gso which needs a motherboard or a audio card with s/pdif out on it so it can give my HDMI some audio.<br />
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My motherboard has no s/pdif out on it so I'm wondering<br />
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What's going to be the cheapest and best route to go? <br />
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I'm thinking sound card but I'm not able to locate one with spdif out...
 

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Almost every sound card nowadays has spdif out. Which ones are you looking at?
 

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Well I was looking at <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829270006" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829270006</a><br>
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I was looking to use the good ole 4 pin spdif out for easy connection to the video card. Maybe I haven't read up on this enough but is there a cable that's able to go from the digital out on the sound card to the 2 pin on the video card?
 

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What is your motherboard? For future reference, it helps a lot to fill out your system specs in the control panel.
 

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I know for a fact that my asrock a780lm doesn't have a spdif out....<br />
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I've looked at a ton of cards on newegg and it doesn't seem like anything really has a 4 pin spdif out?<br />
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I'll update my rig right now.. I just built it a couple of days ago
 

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There's no such thing as 4-pin s/pdif, because it is inherently a 2-pin connection ... Always.<br />
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What you are talking about is just a cabling issue, it's not an actual incompatibility problem. As long as you just get a 2-wire cable that has the separate jack on both ends of each of the two wires, you will be golden. You could make one yourself w/o that much trouble, or I'm certain such a thing could be bought.
 

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I just added my computer... You're talking about cabling from a digital coax and splitting it into 2 for my video card?<br />
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So can you point me in the right direction of a sound card that has the 2pin spdif output for audio? I've looked high and low on newegg and come up very short. I'm basically down to looking for the one in this guide on ebay <a href="http://www.overclock.net/nvidia/441176-guide-8800gt-9800gt-9800gtx-sound-over.html" target="_blank">http://www.overclock.net/nvidia/4411...ound-over.html</a>
 

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What I'm saying is, regardless of what either the cable or the pins on the sound card LOOK like, S/PDIF is a two pin connection, that's why the video card has only two posts/pins. It's a +/- kind of deal. <br />
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As long as you connect the (+) on the SC to the (+) on the video card, and likewise with the (-), you will be making the necessary connection. It's just matter of having the right cable configuration to make this connection possible. And don't forget you can pop a wire out of a four-hole jack and reposition it if you need to.<br />
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You can make:<br />
++++ (the holes at the end of the jack)<br />
|__| (the wires in holes 1 and 3)<br />
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look like:<br />
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_|_|_ (wires in holes 2 and 3)<br />
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so even if your connector has an integrated four-hole jack on both ends and the wires on one end aren't in the right place vs. where you need them for the video card (or the sound card), you can just move one wire. It's tricky, you probably end up having to use a needle to disengage the wire lock, but it's do-able for sure.<br />
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Heck, you don't even really need any 'jack' at the end of your cables at all, you just need the little metal sheath that slides over the pins ...<br />
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Optimally, you have connectors that look like in step 1 in that link you sent. A separate single jack on each end of each of your two wires. That's the most flexible setup.<br />
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You just have two wires that look like this:<br />
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* (jack)<br />
| (wire)<br />
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*
 

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Well I read a couple of places of what I need to do with the wire but the biggest issue I'm having is finding the right sound card. I'd like to find a normal spdif out on the sound board itself instead of altering a Y adapter (<a href="http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?campid=5337413396&toolid=10001&mpre=http%3A%2F%2Fcgi.ebay.com%2Febaymotors%2F2-RCA-1-MALE-TO-2-FEMALE-Y-SPLITTER-ADAPTER-NEW-CABLE_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQhashZitem3ef8bd847fQQitemZ270461142143QQptZCarQ5fAudioQ5fVideo" target="_blank">http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2-RCA...fAudioQ5fVideo</a>) to go from the outputs on the sound card.<br><br>
Anyone know of a fairly decent sound card with a normal 2 pin spdif out?<br><br>
This sound card I'm looking at <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/ShowImage.aspx?ISList=29-270-006-S01%2C29-270-006-S02%2C29-270-006-S03%2C29-270-006-S04%2C29-270-006-S05&S7ImageFlag=1&Item=N82E16829270006&Depa=0&WaterMark=1&Description=SIIG%20IC-710012-S2%207.1%20Channels%20PCI%20Interface%20SoundWave" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/ShowIm...ce%20SoundWave</a> has an optical in/out 9pin. So am I able to out the out and a ground to connect to the vid card or does it SPECIFICALLY need to be spdif out?
 
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