I have an AMD 64 3200+, and I'm considering replacing it with a 64 x2 4200+.
The machine is basically a media center and a browser plugged into the bedroom TV and streaming to the living room TV. Part of the reason I just want to replace the CPU is I don't want to spend too much money, but I've already spent a bit on new cooling so keep it quiet.
I've recently started using MCEbuddy to encode recordings into MPEG 2, and PSP resolution (so 2 files), and it takes years, but it also makes the PC useless for anything else.
Although I use my encoding software for a different purpose it has the ability to tell it how many threads (cores) to use. Take a look around I would not be surprised if there is encoding software available that will allow you to specify that it only use one core.
Thanks Archer. Unfortunately the encoder I'm using isn't just an encoder - it removes adverts and encodes automatically, so I'm not sure there's an alternative. However I was going to check on something I asked on their forum ages ago, so thanks for reminding me.
But if I get an increase in performance only by using both cores, and both cores will get 100% maxed out this won't solve the problem. Are cores smart enough to dedicate an entire core temporarily to other tasks? Or will I be in the same boat with a slightly bigger engine?
Wel the idea was basically to get a dual core CPU, thus enabling 1 core for encoding, and the other for general use. ~£50 seems like a good price point for this to me, and looking at the comparison chart regarding MPEG encoding, it seemed like the best value for money. If I spend much more, that's going into the realm of a new CPU and motherboard, which I didn't want to do (see first post).
Also, I have 1gb of RAM, is that going to make a significant difference? I'd assume that the processor is the bottleneck.
*Oh, I remember one more thing: How does it know which core to use for what? Worst thing would be for it to use media center in one core, firefox for another, and then add the encoding task to one of those. I have no idea how it works.