DO NOT get an 8500GT EVER!
What a piece of worthless junk x2. I got ripped. lol
I wanted to try SLI on a budget recently and I bought two of them and it was still nothing lol. I sold them, and bought 2 8600 GTSs, and they are great together in my second machine.
They are fine in a single config too for practically anything, but don't expect it to scream in something that is graphically intensive.
The 8500 is crap. For a little more you get a lot more in an 8600.
Seems to me any of these lower end Geforce Cards are worthless if you want to play the newest stuff. DX10 at less than 30 fps is not fun at all.
I wish people would read the posts before they replied... he's not gaming. the 8600/2600 would be your best bet. I thought I heard something about the 8400/2400 having trouble with 1920x1080... don't quote me on that though. I would recommend the 2600, their dvd post processsing is free, unlike nvidia's purevideo or whatever.