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You can get multi-channel sound (and HD audio as well) provided your computer has outputs for that many channels (5.1+) and your receiver has multi-channel analog inputs.
The only caveat is, PCs have notoriously "low" output levels compared to CE gear. You're probably going to have to dial the volume up like 10dB more than with a digital source/connection (or even an analog connection from say a component CD/DVD/BD player, etc.), which can get annoying when switching sources or even going to a digital out from the PC for stereo (e.g. get blasted when forgetting to turn the volume down when switching from the PC to another source).
Prior to getting an HDMI receiver, I used to use multi-analog from my HTPC to my older receiver in the same fashion for BD playback. The SQ was great it was just the level issue that sucked. Eventually I got an HDMI receiver but prior to doing that I had thought about getting a line-driver to boost the analog signal to acceptable levels. Problem is, finding a 6ch RCA line driver was not easily done and largely only seen in the car audio market but even then not very common and not cost-effective either. I never did try that avenue but if you intend to "go analog" just be aware that you may find the "volume low" when you do so.
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