Video and audio through HDMI?

Hello, I have some really nice bose 7.1 surround speakers... and I'm a gamer. I really want to be able to get good quality audio and want to know how to get the audio to come out of the HDMI cable, in a nutshell. Do I need to buy a video card that supports some sort of integration into the HDMI port? If I do, what is this listed under on the video card specs? I can't seem to figure this out. I have an Asus M4A79T mobo and a PhenomII 955. Currently using an ATI HIS 256 video card that has HDMI output... not sure what model.. but my b/f and I have tried to get the audio to work through the HDMI and I'm not sure I can with my current hardware. :)

-Natasha
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  1. I do, I have a pretty nice receiver that happily accepts HDMI input. Here's what I got off speccy: ATI Radeon HD 3800 Series (ATI AIB). If you need to know anything else just ask; I've been trying to figure this out for months :fou:
  2. So my video card actually does do hdmi audio out? I'm using optical out but my boyfriend said it wasn't getting the full quality blah blah I don't know why lol. He stuck one of those component cables in there and said it was the same thing... I'm not even sure if this is true!
  3. er ^^^ my MB has an optical out that I'm using right now. I think that's what's going on anyway...
  4. right thanks. So I guess the REAL problem is that I supposedly can't get surround because it's coded differently from videogames such as Team Fortress 2. I guess it outputs in analog and my output is digital? Do I need a sound card with certain decoding features in order to get this to work? I just want to have surround sound in my games.
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