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Thank you again to all that have helped me with my new HTPC. Things are up and running and so far so good. The only issue I have is that my TV will not take a 1920x1080 @ 60hz through the receiver. (Onkyo SR674). This is odd as my Oppo 1080p upconverting player does not have this problem (even through the same HDMI port).

Anyway, I can run my pc at 1920 x 1080 @ 30i hz through the receiver OR at 1920 x 1080 @ 60hz direct to the TV. The only problem here is I lose a digital connection for my sound which is currently running though HDMI. In addition getting the 1080p resolution, my other reason for addressing this is I am having some problems with lower reolutions at 60hz when I run World of Warcraft through the receiver.

To my question, would buying a sound card with an optical out and running the HDMI to the TV and the optical to the receiver fix my problem and give me comparable sound?

Sound cards I have considered:


Creative 70SB088000004 7.1 Channels PCI Express 1x Interface PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium


My system:


Vista Premium 64bit

Quad Core 2.4GHz


640GB HD

LG Blu-Ray Read/DVD Write


2TB External Hard Drive


Onkyo SR-674


Sony 55A2020


SBS-01 x 4

SCS-01 x 1 (Center Channel)

SB12-Plus Sub



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I do have on board sound. Not sure about which motherboard I have. This is a Dell.

1 Inspiron Desktop 530 Mini-tower: Intel Core 2 Quad Processor Q6600 (8MB L2 cache,2.4GHz,1066FSB)

1 No Speakers

1 Label

1 Dell Optical USB 2-button Mouse

1 No Raid

1 Operating System Label

1 Label

1 Software

1 Shipping Material

1 Software CD

1 V.92/56K PCI DataFax Modem

1 64BIT Operating System CD

1 Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium

1 USB Keyboard

1 640 GB SATA Hard Drive (7200 RPM)

1 2 GB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz (2 DIMMs)

1 Microsoft Works 9.0

1 Dell 19 in 1 Media Card Reader

1 Software

1 Roxio Creator 10

1 16X DVD +/- RW w/dbl layer write capability

1 4 GB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz (2 DIMMs)

Truth be told, I'm not sure how to find out.

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Look on the back of the PC for either an Optical or Coax (RCA) output. The Optical is very easy to spot, it will have a red light shining out of it. Either of them will work.

Keep in mind that you do lose capability if you use SPDIF instead of HDMI. Things like 8-Channel LPCM and such.
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