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What's gonna help me most to Encode Video?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Virdi, 2 Jun 2006.

  1. Virdi


    Joined: 11 Jun 2004

    Posts: 4,153

    Location: Middlesex, London

    Hello all,

    I need to build the ultimate Rig - For Video editing / Encoding (i.e. converting from AVI to MPEG2 etc..) and Converting to DivX....

    Please could you help or advise on what's gonna be the biggest factor on performance here. i.e. what's gonna give me the best performance

    is it - pure clock speed - so higher the better?

    FSB? or lots and lots of RAM?

    I was hoping to base this on a Intel Pentium D CPU...

  2. kmistry

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 10 Apr 2006

    Posts: 1,089

    Location: Leicester

    Ideally you want to aim for, 2Gb of RAM, and a dual core processor, as both cores are good, i think the athlon 64 x2's are probably the best for this (though i could be wrong) and then you clocking the CPU's a little until they are stable, but overall, RAM and a dual core imo.
  3. Stelly


    Joined: 5 Oct 2005

    Posts: 11,015

    Location: Liverpool

    CPU I think :)

  4. Baron_Samedi

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 1,691

    I think that what a lot of the posters here makes sense, but I would add that the software you use will have an impact.

    For example, TMPGenc will use Hyper Threading which, feel free to correct me if I am mistaken, the AMD devices do not support.
  5. hp7909


    Joined: 8 Jun 2003

    Posts: 5,016


    THG's CPU Charts (here) seem to have the D & X2 quite evenly matched in that area :) So I guess it will be down to price/costs :cool:

  6. El_Watcher


    Joined: 1 Apr 2004

    Posts: 2,963

    Location: Herts, UK

    You'll probably want to get some fast hard drives as well,probably a couple of Raptors in RAID.