Yeah I kinda have similar thinking patterns. When I build a computer, I'd rather have a few problems I have to solve, rather than have everything go as planned, cause I feel like I've really accomplished something... or at least do something noone else has done before
One time i got bored and took two 2.1 speaker sets and an old Aureal A3D 4.1 sound card and make my own dual Subwoofer surroundsound system mwahahaha. didnt last long... the cords got tripped over quite a bit, and since Aureal went out of business i had no drivers to run my new win2k.. boohoo....
It would have been a hell of a project, ive got to say.
Yeah, we all have at least a slight grudge against ECS. I just RMA'd one (and still havent gotten it back..) and was planning on using one to build a friend's computer... but not anymore. Then again i overclocked on mine (mwahaha!) which probably was its demise. You dont think NewEgg will not honor my return because i had a different BIOS on it... will they? Hope not. Im poor.
I'm poor, which brings me back to the whole "two soundcards into one" thing - the reason i would probably have tried the same thing.
Anyways, have fun with it.
EDIT: I was just gonna add maybe you should get an n-force2 motheboard (you can probably get a nice cheap one somewherez) and kill two birds with one stone. N-force seems to be the only chipset with *good* built-in sound. noone can argue with 6.1.