I am really sorry I am sending this thread off on some a few tangents.
Here are the questions again:
1) Dual monitor with 780g or GF8200
It has been made apparent that dual monitors will work in an old GeForce 5200 card, and obviously on my extremely loud and inefficient dual 6600GT's, that is not the question. In the article they mentioned this:So is it just a matter of getting past the mentioned disk controller problem and installing the 173.14.05 driver? And then everything just works? DVI/VGA dual monitors? I understand that it is a driver constraint, and all you have to do is install it, but I am mostly comfortable with Ubuntu, and the newest one is 8.04. How much of a pain in the @$$ is the GF8200 going to be for Ubuntu 8.04? Well, as I just asked that question I thought I would check out ubuntuforums, here's a thread there that seems to explain what to do: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=822315The driver being used for testing and the latest at the time of publishing is the 173.14.05 release.
But after reading this article as well:http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...0g_linux&num=1
I can see that at this moment it is probably easier to set up dual monitors on the 780g. But that will probably change by the time Ubuntu 8.10 comes out in October. So I may have answered my own question, any comments?
2) Blu-Ray playback with 780g or GF8200
Yeah, this one was a bad idea off the top, Blu-Ray playback is obviously going to cause some DRM issues. So theoretically, if there were some uncompressed 1080p H.264 content on the PC running linux, would it be be able to playback uninterrupted on the 780g or the GF8200? It sounds like a 4200+ and a 7200GS "may" be able to:
I ask these questions because I know I am not the only one wanting to know the answers, and I guess if it gets to that point that I have the cash and I just can't wait anymore I will just have to get the one that seems to work the best from my research and make the best decision I can.
I jumped the gun way too early when I bought a BE-2350 and the Gigabyte 690g, it just doesn't quite cut it, so this time I am going to ask as many questions as I can before making the purchase.