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Do I need a seperate sound card for HTPC?

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February 15, 2010 1:09:00 AM

If I plan on using a Radeon 4890 for a HTPC that will be used for playing movies, as well as a gaming rig, do I really need a separate sound card since the Radeon has HDMI 7.1 audio output? Will this be good for gaming, or should I have audio being handled by a separate card from say Creative or Asus?
February 15, 2010 1:43:18 AM

There is no need for a separate sound card since most motherboards have 7.1 integrated sound.
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February 15, 2010 1:44:41 AM

but what about using the Radeon 4890's audio output via the HDMI going into say an Onkyo receiver?
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February 15, 2010 2:23:34 AM

Will be fine, even onboard sound chips on the mobo are more then sufficent... youre much better off investing in decent speakers then a dedicated sound card... chicken and egg theory again lol
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February 21, 2010 10:59:01 PM

Best answer selected by bgaviator1.
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February 22, 2010 1:26:05 AM

Just one comment, the 4890 is quite noisy for an HTPC build. I would recomment the 5770 but if you've already got the 4890 then it's ok.
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