Hey guys, I'm contemplating getting a proper home theater receiver and setting up a 5.2 system for PC gaming. My system currently has an AMD Radeon 7950 that I'm planning on upgrading soon and a Soundblaster Z with an optical out that I'm planning on keeping. The question is, what's better for audio? I'm a little rusty on audio these days, but I know about a few details, like HDMI supporting up to 7.1 (My system will be 5.2, so not relevant), HDMI supporting uncompressed audio and Optical only supporting 5.1, compressed. I know dedicated audio used to be better back in the day, but is it still better now, especially since HDMI supports uncompressed audio? I also seem to remember that it matters which device was doing the decoding, the PC or the receiver. Given all these factors, which one should I use and why? how should I set up the decoding? I assume I don't need to decode at all if the sound is coming uncompressed from the PC? Thanks in advance.