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Here's my 2 cents:

The ATi Radeon HD 2600XT has the letters 'HD' in it for advertising. Yes; they are that desperate. I would get the 8600GT or 8500GT Fanless, as mentioned above, because nVidia has the drivers, the support, the third-party companies, and the right design. I'll never buy ATi Cards because 99% of their third-party companies suck and the 1% that don't are just "ok". HIS HighTech and Sapphire (occasionally) make decent cards. But, eVGA, BFG, and XFX make so much better quality stuff. The warranties, the packaging, and the technical support wins it for me. Plus, nVidia's cards perform.

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My mom runs a XFX 7600GT XXX at the moment. I just want something DX10 compatible and step her up to the newer generation. Here, I'll leave her rig specs on my active profile for a few days.
If anybody said you would need a new power supply, do not listen to them. The 8500/8600GT do not need 6-Pin PCI-Express Power Connectors from your Power Supply, so, they draw like no power at all.

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Here's my 2 cents:

The ATi Radeon HD 2600XT has the letters 'HD' in it for advertising. Yes; they are that desperate. I would get the 8600GT or 8500GT Fanless, as mentioned above, because nVidia has the drivers, the support, the third-party companies, and the right design. I'll never buy ATi Cards because 99% of their third-party companies suck and the 1% that don't are just "ok". HIS HighTech and Sapphire (occasionally) make decent cards. But, eVGA, BFG, and XFX make so much better quality stuff. The warranties, the packaging, and the technical support wins it for me. Plus, nVidia's cards perform.

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Lol it's not like my mom's gonna come into a game and pwn me. I'm really looking forward to video quality regardless of customer support (except for drivers of course). All my video cards are OEM anyway. She might even end up with a 8600GTS if I'm lucky, but since nVidia didn't do as good as last generation in the mainstream market, I really wanna see if HD 2600 is any competitive this time.

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If anybody said you would need a new power supply, do not listen to them. The 8500/8600GT do not need 6-Pin PCI-Express Power Connectors from your Power Supply, so, they draw like no power at all.

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Oh definitely, that TruePower was one of those earlier ones by FSP. Can't go wrong with it.
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Screw it, I'm gonna stick with nVidia. I'm thinking of 8600GTS SLI.
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Whatever you get, don't get an 8500 series. Even if it is silent, it does not have HDCP support.
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Whatever you get, don't get an 8500 series. Even if it is silent, it does not have HDCP support.
I left it outta the equation since day 1 because of the lack of dual DVI outputs.
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Just my 2 cents but I like the NVIDIA solution as well, for two reasons:

1. Right now it's cheaper.
2. With there being so much question as to the performance of the ATI HD 2600, it would just be safer to wait.

I got a thread going on this same subject the other day. Duckieho posted this link which was helpful.

http://www.tomshardware.com/2007/06/..._hd/page5.html
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Just my 2 cents but I like the NVIDIA solution as well, for two reasons:

1. Right now it's cheaper.
2. With there being so much question as to the performance of the ATI HD 2600, it would just be safer to wait.

I got a thread going on this same subject the other day. Duckieho posted this link which was helpful.

http://www.tomshardware.com/2007/06/..._hd/page5.html
Is the 8800 any better than 8600 in HD video? I know it's crazy, but....
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the only reason i can think of going with the ATi card right now is the possibility of folding on it. Till it is tried and proven, i would stick with nvidia.
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