Do I need a sperate video card for HDMI audio out in HTPC

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I'm looking to put together a really good HTPC that will be able to handle HD with ease. Don't care about games on it really but it has to be able to output DTS and or DD 5.1 through HDMI. I'm thinking the best processor right now is the i5 2500k. If I get a motherboard which has HDMI out built in will it also output 5.1 sound? Or do I need to purchase a separate video card or sound card. Absolute requirement is that 5.1 sound has to come from HDMI and not some additional second output. Thanks for any advice guys.
 

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Aww crud...its looking like only the older H55 chipsets support Master audio or lossless audio. Crap I don't want to get already antiquated MOBO and chip technology. Any know if theres any current MOBOs or chipsets that support Master audio out through HDMI that are with the new LGA 1155 chips?
 
You don't need a video card. All of the Intel socket 1155 processors have built in video that can bitstream both DD/DTS as well as the newer blu-ray audio DTS-MA and DD-TrueHD. You will need an H61, H67, or Z68 chipset motherboard to use the CPU audio and video.

The AMD Llano processors can do this too.

That said, I agree that a 2500k is overkill.