I appreciate the input Andrew, I've been looking for a guarantee from someone about a less expensive card that works out of the box but hadn't gotten one yet. Can you confirm that both of these cards will run UI2 w/alpha? And what about HD content?
But just FYI, you may be interested to know Andrew, that with nVidia's latest release of their new GTX200 series cards they updated the drivers for all OS's. After running the basic install of the latest nVidia drivers, my 8600gts is working beautifully in UI2 w/alpha!
The only reason I ask about other cards is because I'm actually borrowing the 8600 right now, and instead of buying that card off my friend for one price, I'd rather get a new, less expensive card. I just wanted to make sure it would do all I intend to have it doing before I purchase anything.