I posted this over at a different board and they suggested that I post it here for more info.:
I'm setting up a home theatre computer :
And I'd like to get optical digital audio out of my computer to my digital audio receiver the cheapest way possible. I'll be using this computer for music and movies and internet mainly (no gaming). Of course I can utilize the speaker mini phono output and convert it to composite rca cable and go into my receiver that way, but I guess why not go digital if it won't cost me much money. The computer I'm using has integrated audio currently. I assume there is a way to disable the integrated audio and use a pci audio card...I hope.
So this is want I'd like:
PCI sound card
Ability to go optical digital out
Turn off integrated audio with the cpu
CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP.
I know, I shouldn't skimp on a sound card, but I've spent too much money on this thing already, I think I can do this pci sound card for under $50 right? Please reply with any suggestions you good people might have for me.