Ok everyone I need your help. I am trying to put together a HTPC for Infocus X1. I have read the ATI cards are best for this purpose. Which one do I need. (I know don't needcan't afford the AIW 9700. So what card should I get. I am not a gamer. The HTPC will be used strictly for dvd playback. Convince me that I need an AIW. Last but not least, let's try to find a good deal. I have been looking at the AIW8500DV because it is not top of the line, but not the cheapest either. I am going to be trying to use that methodology when putting together my first HTPC. I can't afford top of the line but I don't want the cheapest either. I have an old (1.4 ghz Athlon) system laying around that all this will go into. I also need a sound card that can go to my receiver (HK AVR525) Is it necessary to have 7.1 soundcard for a 7.1 receiver? Or do I just need one with optical out? If I went with the Revolution 7.1 would I expereince a noticible difference over "just any old soundcard". can you please give me some soundcard models in different price ranges?