When I was considering upgrading my MoBo, CPU, and RAM a while back (I finally decided I'd rather wait and use my money to be the first on the black with the AMD Athlon 64 :happy I noticed that almost all the motherboards had tons of crap onboard. First is onboard sound. Although that seems to be the trend for most people (who seem to be marching to the tune of Soundblaster sucks now ) I don't like onboard sound. Heck I don't like onboard anything with the exception of ports. I don't think things such as onboard NIC, or sound are good ideas. If one of them breaks you have to send it all back to the manufacturor. I'd rather pay less for a MoBo and get my Soundcard, Video (the worst onboard thing you can get), and NIC among other things as PCI cards. If one breaks you can just quickly replace it, and if you decide to migrate to a new motherboard, you don't loose your integrated 5.1 sound card or integrated GeForce 4 MX video. You can just move everything to your new board. My advice to anyone out there is to avoid onboard sound, video, etc. like a plague. It just adds extra cost to the motherboard, and if you ever want to upgrade or if the onboard thing breaks its more of a pain.