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Geforce 8300gs vs. 8600 gt. Dual Monitors, no gaming

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
December 10, 2007 3:35:03 PM

I'm wondering which graphics card to order in my prebuilt. Here is what I will be doing:

Dual outputs at 1280x768. (One is a LCD, the other is a 16'x9' projector screen).
I plan to utilize Nvidia PureVideo to decode DVDs.
We may do live recording/playback of video. Here are my choices:

1. 128MB Geforce 8300gs
2. 256MB Geforce 8600GT

This is strictly for business use. We will be using Vista Business. Which do you recommend?
December 10, 2007 5:07:27 PM

No games, and just regular DVD playback, you won't see a difference between these cards. Get the cheaper one.

If you ever plan to playback HD-DVDs or Blu-Ray disks in the future though, the 8600 GT is definitely the way to go. It has HD video image quality enhancement features the 8300 GS won't be able to match.
December 10, 2007 6:08:21 PM

I think it's worth mentioning that if you're going to go with an 8300 series card you should seriously be considering one that is passively cooled. Even the 8600 can be found in a passively cooled version... you've made it clear you're not a gamer, but everyone loves silence right?
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December 10, 2007 6:20:34 PM

Noise is of no consequence. The system is going on a server rack...

Thanks for all input given.
December 10, 2007 7:01:47 PM

If a server rack, then definitely the 8300GS.
Less heat/power consumption