Originally Posted by Zapablast05
The HTPC will experience no gaming at all, just HTPC. So will the CMI8770 will be good or will it be better to stick to onboard? Afterall, it's just for media. If using a sound card doesn't make a difference, I could just use that money to buy XPMC.
Like it or not, Media Center in XP is teh suckage (from what I've read anyways). You'd be better of sticking with Vista Home Premium. As for hardware... just do onboard everything. As CaptNKILL stated- you only need add in cards any more for gaming. Since you wont be doing any of that with this rig... the onboard audio, video, NIC, etc will be more than sufficient.