I have recently made a media PC based on a shuttle barebone, and due to the great sounding feature-set, i think that I will go for a 2400 or 2600 series card. One of the main points for this is the HD deocding abilities that the card has.
However, is this work offloaded onto the GPU automatically by the drivers? Its just that Vista Media Centre defaults to a MS decoder. Do I need to tell it somehow to use the Ati Card to decode?
Also, another point is to do with the HDMI output. Does using this disable all output from your sound card? I was hoping to have the HTPC hooked up via HDMI, but also to have the output from my soundcard going to an amp, so i can pick to use TV speakers or the separates.
Any help would be great