First off, am I right in assuming that sound/video cards will affect performance of streams from your PC?
Second, a slightly unrelated question. What sound card would people recommend for such processes? I currently have a Santa Cruz, but wanted to upgrade. I have a few ideas in mind, but wanted to see if someone had had particular great results. (Creative cards need not apply).
Last question - Has anyone found a particular kind of CD-ROM drive better for ripping CD audio?