Ya most good cards with HDMI can do sound out over HDMI, but todays integrated are more then enough to lpay HD movies so why waste the money and increase heat and noise with buying something that is overkill.
you might just want to do a build arround an fusion APU as it has integrated graphics more powerful than the 440 and only slightly less cpu power. You'd be able to play all your media as well as some light gaming.
would turn out to be cheaper probabably.
An A8-3670 is about $150 with gpu and cpu integrated on the same chip.
Wow, never heard of an APU but after reading up on them, it sounds a great way to save money. So this APU, do you think it would run LoL fairly well?
I couldn't find any particular benchmarks for LoL, but I don't think it's too demanding. The A8 APU can even do Skyrim if on Low settings and that's a fairly demanding game, so I'd guess medium settings at least. I would definitely say get an A8 if you just use the integrated, it has a better GPU. It will be at least about as good as the 440.
I mentioned a "decent graphics upgrade later", these APUs when combined with a few certain discrete cards can be crossfired for a 2 GPU configuration. The HD6670 when used with an A8 makes a 6690D2 combo, and has been reported to play Skyrim up to high settings, so should be enough for any "normal" gaming. It's also fairly affordable (about $70-100) and wouldn't need a larger PSU, should you feel gaming is lacking later on.
It's always nice to keep a low power draw, especially on a media PC that will be on a lot.