HTPC Setup/Config Question


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Username: Sylus

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Registered: Aug-09
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VGA Port(s) 1
DVI Port(s) 1
Video Input Component
Audio Input 3.5mm/RCA
Headphone Jack 1

Nvidia GTX 285 (GPU)

DVI Port(s) 2
7-pin analog HDTV-out mini-din, and S-video connector, or YPrPb (component) or composite outputs.

ASUS Xonar HDAV 1.3 Deluxe (Sound Card)

RCA jack *8
Analog Input Jack
Line-In/Mic-In 3.50mm mini jack *1
Other line-level analog input (for CD-IN/TV Tuner)
CD-In, Aux-In (4-pin header on the card)
Digital S/PDIF Output
Coaxial and High-bandwidth Optical Combo Connector
Supports 192KHz/24bit
Digital S/PDIF Input:
Coaxial and High-bandwidth Optical Combo Connector
Supports 192KHz/24bit (Shared with Line/Mic In)
HDMI Input/Outut:
HDMI1.3 -- In/Out Type A *1

z5500 Speakers


My question is, how on earth should I go about connecting this all up?

Does HDMI replace my DVI, if so from where is it connected (The more detail the better)?

How is my GPU connected to the screen?

Once I've set it up, should I only use HDAV mode in the Xonar control center? Or Optical/Analog still?

Can I use HDMI for everything? Games/Media?

Do I need special resolution or something set when i'm using HDMI?

If I'm connected via HDMI should i get a bigger screen? is 1080p a bigger resolution? e.g. wont pixelate a huge screen with a low display resolution?

I don't mind buying more connectors if i don't have the necessary or best ones at the moment.

Anyways thanks in advance for any help... at the moment i just have my speakers connected via Optical and Analog to the Xonar, and switch input on the speaker control panel depending on Media, screen is DVI to GPU

Just want to know what to hook up and to where for best results!

Edit: My hardware, if this helps.

i7 920
6G Kit(3x2G) DDR3 1600
ASUS P6T Deluxe
Antec 1200 Case

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