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 Post subject: Home Theater with a Vengeance Article Question March/April
PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 6:08 pm 
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I have just bought the new Special issue March/April of Maximum PC and read with interest the article on Home Theater with a Vengeance as I have just built a HTPC but have a couple of questions:

1) You use a sound card in the build a Auzen Tech X-Fi Home Theater. My question is that new video cards have HDMI pass through now a days so why is there a need for a separate sound card.

2) You use a GT240 in the build on that page but in the video card shootout and on page 32 you suggest a 5770 or a 5750 or even a 6850. Can you tell me what is the best way to do this.

This I find kinda confusing when I read some of your articles and I look at your magazine to really build my system.

Any clarification would be extremely helpful in this.

Thanks
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 Post subject: Re: Home Theater with a Vengeance Article Question March/Apr
PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 8:42 pm 
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1. It depends on what kind of sound setup you want. If you're going to use sound over the HDMI, to just the TV or to the TV and then to the speakers through the TV, you can just use a newer video card that supports HDMI bitstreaming. But if you're going to use a separate receiver of something for audio, then a sound card will help with quality.
2. It depends whether you want to use your HTPC for gaming or not. If so, something faster like a 6850 is probably the way to go. Otherwise, you don't need such a high-end card, though I wouldn't recommend an old 240 either. A Radeon HD 5570, 5670, or GeForce GT 430 is probably a better option at the low end.


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