Originally Posted by StardogChampion
Got my new HTPC build done yesterday:
AMD Phenom II X3 705e 2.5GHz 65W
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 F3-10666CL8D-4GBHK
WD 320GB SATA II WD3200AAJS
nMEDIAPC HTPC 1000B Micro ATX case
Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D 380W PSU
I installed Windows 7 x64 and the ATI Catalyst 9.12 drivers. I have to say, what a pain the new ATI CCC is. I can't believe what it took to find the overscan/underscan options in the new CCC. I did find them however and I'll share for anyone having the same issue. Under Desktop and Display, right-click on the monitor icon in the lower left and you'll get a Configure... menu. It's all in there now. Horrible.
Other than that it's been great. I tried to unlock the 4th core but to no avail. It unlocked to a Phenom II X4 05e but was unstable. I tried upping the voltage a bit but then my temps started going through the roof. No thanks.
I have to say things really fly now. I notice the biggest difference in performance in W7MC. The photo slideshow screensaver, switching menus, start up times, etc. are just so much better. My WEI numbers are way up over my 780G/5050e combination from before.
This was my second HTPC build, both with Gigabyte mobos. I have to say I am very happy.
Now, as for sound, I did get DD5.1 working without disabling the onboard audio. I installed the Realtek drivers from the Realtek site. I then had to go into the Realtek HD Audio configuration and add DD5.1, DTS, etc. as supported formats and save. I accessed this through the Control Panel > Sounds > Manage Audio Devices. Then you click on the Realtek device, hit the properties button and go to the Supported Formats tab. Only then did I start getting DD5.1 on my AVR through the HDMI. So, yeah, it works. You can even set it up so it outputs DD5.1 all the time, even for Windows sounds. What's nice about that is no delay/clicking in my AVR when it switches back and forth between 2-ch LPCM and DD5.1.