Guys I need your advise.
Will a 8400GS be good enough or should I spend the extra money & get a 8500? It's for home theatre PC use only. PB Tech have a fanless Gigabyte 8400GS on special for $66 inc GST so might get that.
I have borrowed a 8500GT from a mate as he was selling it cheap. It is working well with the 1080i sample files the Fossie posted but it has a fan & is noisey so I'm not that keen on buying it from him.
Does brand matter much?
I was in the exact same boat as you a week ago. After spending a bit of time trawling the web looking at reviews etc (you will note there are hardly any real reviews for the 8400GS) and reading between the lines on the Nvidia site and others I came to the conclution that it was not worth taking the risk and got a xfx passive 8500GT. I would suggest doing the same.
On thing that I found very interesting was that the 8400GS was not going to be for general release but only be an OEM part preinstalled in hardware.
The 8500GT's are quite a bit more then the 8400GS's but I think there is a good reason for that..