Hardware requirement to do video encoding whilst playing back 1080p


I wanting to build a media player/PVR MythTV linux PC for my tele which will be capable of simultaneously encoding video (both h.264/MPEG-4 and xvid) whilst playing back 1080p video. That way I can watch hd video I've recorded whilst I'm recording and converting another programme in the background. So my question is, will this spec do this do you think? ...

Hauppauge HVR-4000HD - Video Capture + DVB-S2 receiver
Shuttle XPC SG45H7 - Barebone with built-in Intel GMA X4500HD Graphics
Intel Core 2 DUO E6500 2.93GHZ

...And if not, what do I need? Would a quad core CPU be a safer bet, more RAM or is that overkill?

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  1. The LGA775 socket (ie. C2D) is a dead-end path. You would need to look at the Intel Core i3/i5/i7 chips, or an AM3 offering.

    I would go with an AMD Athlon II X4 + 890GX motherboard


    The Intel i3-530 + H55 motherboard.

    Either would be fine, though the AMD path would allow for better future upgradeability.

    4GB RAM is the standard these days, to be honest the best value is in the 2x2GB kits.
  2. Thanks so much for the help!

    Will this do the trick then you think? ...

    AMD Athlon II X4 2.9 GHz Processor
    Shuttle XPC SN78SH7 - http://www.shuttle.eu/products/barebones/sn78sh7/specification/
    4GB RAM
  3. Yea if you want a shuttle then that should work fine.
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