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.
Oh, I thought the CMI8770 was the onboard you were talking about.
Either way, modern motherboards like these are made
for multimedia applications, and contain everything you need to view just about any media on any kind of display or sound system. If you aren't gaming, the onboard sound should do everything you need it to do. For video, the 780G or 8200 will both be excellent. The 780G will probably be a little bit faster in most situations, but the 8200 will offer hybrid power support if you ever decide to buy a dedicated graphics card later on.
As for the OS, I think Vista will work much better as a media center PC.