Working on a basement project - room sized about 16' by 14' - at the moment, and I have some questions:
1) Would this floor system be strong enough to hold the weight of drywall and framing for the ceiling of the basement rooms below?
2) Would you rather install suspended ceiling in lieu of sheetrock in the basement?
3) From the cost stand point, which option would you choose?
what is the size and span of your floor joists (proposed ceiling for basement). without knowing this one could not answer your question ......
the advantage of a suspended ceiling is you have easy access to plumbing, electrical and hvac should you need it. with drywall you may have to tear it down to get your access. if it were mine I'd probably go with the suspended ceiling. there are many options available to provide more pleasing looks that the typical commercial 2'x4' plain panels. check out Armstrong Suspended Ceilings on-line.
"You get what you pay for, and sometimes free costs more!"