I haven't tried that board, but if it has the same chipset it should work fine. If $20 is important to you now, fine - however, lots of people are using the onboard audio as a generic Win-Doze audio card with no problems. Also, down the road you may want USB 2.0 for an audio interface (Creamware just introduced their A16 Ultra A/D/A board, with an option of using USB2 direct into the computer without any of their DSP cards - 16 ins, 16 outs, 24/96, word clock, for about $1100) Since USB2 is at least as fast as Firewire, this is just the tip of the iceberg. If you go for the non-USB2 board, you would have to pay $40 or so for an add-in PCI card later. Just a thought... Steve
Getting the P4B266 with onbaord audio and USB 2.0 is a great feature..if you dont need them disable them in the BIOS..or you could just disable it in Windows as well. I have it so only one USB 2.0 is active...since all I need is one USB port to activate my US428!
The audio is good for windoze sounds as Steve has mentioned..
One point is tha USB 2.0 is faster than Firewire at the moment...480Mbits per second on USB 2.0 and 400MBits on firewire...
Gigafire will be out later this year at 800MBits per second
I just put one together and have had no problems so far too. Mine is p4b266-c p4 1.6a 512 cache 512mb mem 30gig maxtor system drive 61 gig maxtor audio drive maxtor DMA100 IDE controller plextor 40x10x40a 56xcdrom win xp corp tweaked per opus's guide m-audio omni studio oced at 2.133ghz "This system rocks!!!!" lol