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Sound cards music/games/movies etc....blah blah...pls help...

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  1. oreoboy13

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    After reading past threads all summer my arca cabinets are turning up next week which means i will be building a HCPC, however i am still not completely clear on the actually day to day use of some of the more upmarket sound cards.

    I will be using the PC for games, web, music and film storage and scaling to a panny 42PHD6.

    All sources will be switced via my denon AVC-11SR and so this is what i will be connecting the sound card to.

    ---The thing is dont know weather which/if higher end sound cards will support games?

    ---Obviously i will need to output via spidif for 5/6/7.1 (games and films)but for music would i be better using the phono outs of the card (i.e. are the amp's or the soundcard's DACs better), and is it easy to switch between the analogue and digital outputs?
     
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    That's a tough one. Audigys are better for games (EAX & all that) while M-Audio are reputedly the best for pure hi-fi.

    nVidia's nForce on-board sound (Soundstorm) will do real time 5.1 encoding allowing 5.1 passthrough via SPDIF for games.

    I'm sure others will have more knowledge in this area.

    :smoke:
     
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    i have been advised that solution by others, what bearing would this have in music play back and i am worried about having an amd chip, i always thought that intel was the way to go for hcpc?
     
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    I don’t know why that would be. I know AMD use to have a floating decimal point which made them better for games. So would this not be good for HCPC???
     
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    i just thought it was accepted intel chips are better for heating, compatibility and reliability than amds.
     
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    Hello

    I use a highly overclocked AMD Athlon XP chip in my HTPC as I also play games and surf the web and....... so on. I use a M-audio Revo 7.1 soundcard for my DVD coaxial digital output, and the stereo output for music playback. I also use the onboard sound of the Nforce 2 mobo for all windows sounds, and outputting a optical digital signal for games. I find this is an ideal solution, as when I am playing music through the revo, I do not get bleeps and dings from windows and messenger etc. Also, the games support from the revo is poor, but the Nforce performs flawlessly, and outputs sound of a high standard.

    Hope this helps.

    Rob
     
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    Pulsar, that sounds like a good solution, but you effectively have 2 sound cards, how do you control that in software?
     
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    Hi,

    Windows XP seems to take care of everything for me. I have the Nvidia device set as the primary card, and the revo as the secondary. This means that the nvidia soundcard will be used by default, unless I tell that specific program to use the revo. So in my case, the nvidia is used for everything accept for Theater Tek, and Media Center. I have not had one confliction yet. :)

    This also comes in handy if you want to play a game, but listen to music from media center at the same time.

    Ask if you want any more info.

    Cheers

    Rob
     

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