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 Post subject: upgrade help: faster dvdshrink transcoding
PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2005 2:28 pm 
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I've got a Soyo Dragon + mobo and 1.something ghz Athlon XP (I think) with 512MB of RAM. This system is showing its age, and it seems to take forever to do dvdshrink processing. I'd like to upgrade to something faster for as little money as possible. I can recycle the case and 430WPS, ATA drives, AGP video card, optical drives and so on. Is it likely that the CPU and memory are the bottleneck here? If so, how much of a speed-up would I see going to a faster CPU and mobo? I'd like to spend as little as possible, so I'm not inclined to spend thousands to go "bleeding edge". I prefer to stick w/AMD, but will go w/Intel if the P4 is likely to provide a significant speed-up.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2005 2:31 pm 
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What model mobo do you have, you could simply upgrade the CPU.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2005 2:40 pm 
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I have a Soyo SY-K7V DRAGON Plus (VIA KT266A chipset). The Soyo web site lists the maximum
speed processors supported as: XP/Palomino 2100+;Thunder Bird 1.4Ghz; Duron 1.3Ghz. I *think*
the current processor is 1600.


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Well what you should do is go to here and spec out a config based on your budget. Looking at it right now you can get a mobo, cpu and 512mb ram for under 200 bucks. so i think you'll be set money wise there. just play around, its real easy doing configs on that site.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2005 3:12 pm 
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That's a cool site, but what I really need help with is some idea of whether the resulting system would be faster for this purpose. For example, it may be that most transcoding jobs run better on P4 systems because they are more floating-pt intensive and those CPUs (I'm guessing) have better FP. Or maybe these kinds of jobs are really cache-sensitive, and it makes sense to spend a bit more and get a processor with a larger cache.


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Well first off give me a budget. I referred you to that page because its the cheapest way to get a fast new processor. If you budget is under 300 bucks i'd recommend you stay with the page i linked. If its above then we can play more with P4's or Athlon64's.


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you can get a AMD 2500 XP for about 90 dollars and I ASUS borad for around the same price.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2005 3:20 pm 
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Let's say $350 max for mobo, processor, and memory. I certainly wouldn't object to paying less. :-)


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Alright. 300 bucks for a nice Athlon64 barebones combo. Athlon64 3200+(754), Abit KV8 Pro Motherboard, 512MB Crucial Ram. Configured here


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For what your doing you would be better off going with a P4. The only thing AMD is better than P4 at is playing games.


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