Wonder if you could answer some questions I have about the new build I have put together.
I discussed the build here;
I'm now all up and running, and aside from feeling very rewarded and proud of myself that I managed to put things together with relative ease, there are a couple of things that I need some assistance or direction on.
This is the build I ended up with;
1 Koutech IO-PSA420 32-bit PCI SATA II Controller Card
1 AVerMedia AVerTV Combo PCIe ATSC/NTSC/QAM TV Tuner Card (White Box)w/L-P Bracket 7 95522 96058 0 PCI-Express x1 Interface
1 ICY DOCK MB455SPF-B Multi-Bay Backplane Module - Retail
1 Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EADS 1TB SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive -
1 SeaSonic S12 Energy Plus SS-550HT 550W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
1 LG 20X DVDÂ±R DVD Burner w/ SecurDisc Tech Black SATA Model GH20NS15 1 COOLER MASTER Stacker 830 Evolution RC-830-KKN3-GP Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
1 GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
1 CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-8500C5 - Retail
1 Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 Wolfdale 2.8GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core
1 HIS Hightech H465FS512P Radeon HD 4650 512MB 128-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail
I have 4 more fans and 3 more burners on order - but that's neither here nor there.
My main questions revolve around the audio. As this is an htpc I was considering a couple of solutions. I have ripped a few DVD's with no problem and super-quickly and am successfully streaming to my PS3 using TwonkyMedia/Tversity.
But I wanted to consider the possibility of bypassing the PS3.
I have HD output on the video card - albeit the older plug - but have an adapter to HDMI. I plug this into my HDTV which should handle the picture, but Im unsure about the sound aspect?
When I installed the motherboard I had what looked like multiple options for connecting; azalia, ac97 and HD audio. I chose to plug the pin connector for the latter as there was a clear place for it on the mb. ..
What I don't understand is the best way to output HD quality sound now from the htPC?... there are a whole bunch of coloured speaker outputs on the mb, and even the orange Digital Audio Out... the board included a mini-phono jack to red-and-white-rca adaptor, so I plugged that in one of the speaker outlets and connected to my ht receiver... all i get is 2 of the channels
I guess I need to know firstly whether I installed the connection to the motherboard correctly (did i need to do something to enable the digital audio out) and also what i should be using to output to the ht receiver.
it seems strange to me, but if they have speaker connections for what looks like 7.1 audio, is it really good enough for whole-room sound? - I though that's why we buy receivers...)..
Anyway, there's a lot there - and I appreciate any assistance you can give me on what I am doing wrong or what my options are.