Hey I've just bought a Zune 30gb, and I am looking for a faster pc for converting dvd movies to WMV......With my specs an ATHLON XP3000+, 1GB RAM,geforce 7800 gt 256mb , 300gb disc space,and windows xp, my times for converting a dvd to WMV, is like if a movie is 90 minutes, it takes my pc like 3+ to 4+ hours to convert the movie, that is decrypting and all, I am using cucusoft dvd and video suite to do that , and it takes too much time....
I am thinking about getting a athlon 64 x2 dual core or a Intel PENTIUM dual core, wich one should I GET, thanks, in advance, and I am thinking about buying a pc , not building.
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I was thinking about the pc graphics card, it's agp, I know, but the graphics card does not help at all when it comes to video transcoding right, cause , at this moment I will use the onboard video or the default card that comes with the new pc, I am not thinking about gaming cause I am already tired of upgrading videocards every 1and a half year.....
if you want to do overclocking, or you want the fastest system possible then go core 2 or core 2 quad.... iif ur not going to overclock and you want a cheapish midrange system possibly go for amd...
but look at some benchies for dvd conversion. ill bet that procs based on the core 2 architecture are faster per $ (including mobo) because core 2 has superior sse3/4 instructions and generally, clock 4 clock it rapes athlons in multimedia benchmarks and applications.
also id check if your dvd program is multithreaded... you will see little to no speed advantage buying an amd x2 system at the same clock speed as the 1 you have if the dvd conversion program cant take advantage of multiple cores
OK, I am kind of lost, what's the difference between dual core and core 2 duo ?
The Pentium D(ual) is the older architecture that was based on Netburst. Even though they have 2 cores and run at a higher clock rate, its actually slower the Intels newer Core 2 Duos (C2D). The reason for that is its a different architecture which has a larger shared L2 cache, and it performs 4 instruction sets per cycle (C2D), vs 2 instruction sets per cycle (Pentium D). Intel also wanted to get away from the name Pentium.
Now with AMD X2, they are dual cores as well. The also performed better then the Pentium D's. Its architecture is also different, and is about over 2 years old? It's memory controller chip is on the die rather then in the northbridge. It performs 3 instruction sets per cycle, and is still slower then the new or 1 year old C2D by Intel.
OK, from what I read then the core 2 duo runs faster, cause it runs 4 instructions against 64x2 3 instructions, then maybe I should get C2D and get me a good mobo, and some ram, and maybe I can build a decent rig for overclocking the cpu, what should I look for in a mobo for that C2D CPU ? THANKS, for all the help.