"high quality integrated sound."
Sorry but I must write that I can't call onboard more than a cost cutting move. Almost any Creative Labs card I've owned in 10 years plus has sounded better than any onboard system (ever!)
It's not that costly and if sound is important I would get a Creative Labs card.
Hi..I am planning to build a quiet PC using an Antec Sonata II case and a AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+(65W) Windsor 2.4GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 Processor.
Can anyone suggest a good motherboard/CPU cooler combination. I have read that the MSI K9NBPM2-FID Socket AM2 NVIDIA Quadro NVS 210S Micro ATX AMD Motherboard is quite good, perhaps using a Scythe 1000 CPU cooler (though I don't know whether it will fit).
I am not a gamer and do not overclock. I would like high quality integrated sound. It would also be nice to have good integrated video with the ability to run two monitors. I plan to run 4gb ram (VMware with XP, Vista, and Linux eating the ram). I hope the motherboard will have IDE support so I won't need to buy a new HD.
Any suggestions will be very much appreciated.