System Usage from Most to Least Important: encode 1500 videos and then will be used for surfing the internet and burning dvds
Parts Not Required: speakers, monitor, hard drive (will use 2.5 inch 160 gb hard drive from my old netbook since prices are absurd for hard drives right now), and os (will use linux since handbrake is on there)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: anywhere that has the best price
Parts Preferences: want a small case
SLI or Crossfire: no
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: want a small case and a system that can physically handle the encoding without dying on me, i understand it wont be superfast considering the budget
ah never mind, didn't read the original post properly so you do use handbreak. Then the x264 bench will accurately reflect your need. They are neck to neck, G530 is tie with x2 250, so G540 is tie with x2 260 and G540 price is only $67. I would go with the intel one.