Originally Posted by djdynamite123
I would need HDMI output only. Iv'e already got a 15metre optical cable running through to the living room but id prefer it to just run via HDMI. What is a good cheap option for this then?
There is a full range of cheap soundcard that will support fibre and coaxial and can be found easily and cheaply. The practical benefits HDMI has is video and audio through the same cable which you're not even utilising, and a few DVD tiles that supports DD True HD and DTS Masters and these two tasks can be done with your GPU anyways.
If you insist on a soundcard that supports Dolby Digital Live and has HDMI. There isnt a cheap option and only a few soundcards avalable. Auzen X-Fi HomeTheater HD and Xonar HDAV1.3. Both are expensive and hard to find.