Originally Posted by Slaymate
Most motherboards come with pretty decent on-board sound nowadays, whether you want it or not.
You may as well go with Trotters setup.You have 2 choices, pay for a decent card now or pay more for a motherboard that has a cheap built-in video option. The problem with the built-in video option is the motherboard itself isn't going to be a "Good" one. Most motherboards with built-in Video are designed for office workstations (clerical) and they offer very few if any performance options.
If you wanted to shave a few dollars off of Trotters setup you can drop the Sunbeam Core-Contact Cooler as the CPU will come with a stock heatsink.
I'm sorry Slaymate. For most people (games or movies) onboard sound is just fine, but, there is a clear and distinguishable difference between even cheap discrete sound cards and onboard sound.
Try running 24 tracks playback simultaneously on an onboard soundcard and see how quickly the computer eats that buffer and the onboard sound chokes. With an onboard solution you're almost required to set the buffer length to some insane number (like 250ms or such). With an Asus Xonar, or Sound Blaster X-fi you can run it at or near 0ms. Not to mention ASIO drivers sound 100x better than any DirectX will ever sound (on a good set of speakers at least).
But I guess if you're not recording/creating music on the system onboard isn't going to have any issues