Ive heard that movie encoding is highly parallel. Adding some more cores will help if this is the case. How many cores does your processor have? monitor your CPU to see how wmm is utilizing the cores. Also, I wonder if the program itself allows for full utilization of the CPU. Sometimes they only use half the cores to allow for multitasking. there may be a setting to kick up the priority, but you would have a tough time using the comp for other tasks if it uses 100% CPU.
Not necessarily. Another program will only encode faster with hardware acceleration, and since you can't do Quick Sync, your only choice there would be CUDA with a Nvidia GPU or AMD's version of encode acceleration (not nearly as well supported). The best quality is a pure CPU encode, though (Quick Sync is very good too, but you don't have that option).
But I agree with nforce4max. Add more RAM, if you can. That won't speed it up much, but it should help. I also agree with his point about your HDD (if it's slow). A slow HDD can't be written to quickly, causing a bottle neck.
I have an ssd drive. But thanks though. I will upgrade the ram to probably 8gb ram. I need all the speed i can because i will have to be doing a lot of video editing regularly for my church like 3 times a month. Thanks to everyody who took their time to answer i really appreciate it.