ok, i gave it a day.. i have no preferance when it comes to hardware...
intel vs. amd-- i don't care... overall, it seems amd has faster processors, but intel is better known and seems to have a wider board availability.
the bigger issue here is board brands--i prefer asus boards, i run a zotac in-car, the other good name brand would be gigabyte. msi hits my "maybe" list, but i really don't trust any other brands..
for board selection, your not going to find a board without onboard sound... just pick a board that mostly fits your needs-- even if it goes above those needs. for this, i usually go on newegg.com, and read the reviews on all the boards i am interested in, and locate one with few problems.