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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 3:30 pm 
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Hi all,

I have a LOT of DVD's and Blu-Rays I want to end up on my x510, so I have a lot of ripping ahead of me :crazy:

What I'd like to k now is, what's the better CPU for video conversion ? I plan on putting a box together for this and will end up being my main PC.

I'm looking at the i5 quad or the 860/920 i7 CPU with at least 8GB Ram and Gigabyte mainboard and a Nvidia video card (1GB to drive my Dell 30" screen)

As I'll need to convert over 2000 movies all up (dunno if I am going to do my whole collection just yet)

Now I do need a new PC, but I want it mainly for video conversion (I use Handbrake)

I used a HP z600 (Xeon) at work and it was clocking up 200+ frames per second (Nice) I think I could get a 860/920 to get to these speeds yes ?

Any help on this would be great, remember this is aimed at just being a video conversion machine (and anything else second)

I plan on going out this weekend to buy something as I have some time off soon to put my system together :banana:

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 3:49 pm 
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The i7 has hyperthreading while it appears the quad core i5 CPUs do not. Handbrake will take advantage of HT if it is available (edit: too bad you Windows folks don't get a 64 bit version).

http://ark.intel.com/Compare.aspx?ids=42915,37147,

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Although I use Vegas Pro (64 bit) to render videos it's really the same specs if you are doing video conversion:

i7 CPU is a must
at least 8GB of memory
A FAST HD. 10k Raptor or the 5 plater 2gb Black WD drives. The later is about $300 but worth it.
Win 7 - 64 bit

I would search for a real deal 64 bit video conversion software to maximize and use your hardware and ideally it can cue/batch a bunch of files and just keep churning away. Sorry...I don't do this yet but I will.

I would NEVER render to a network share. Far to slow. Sure, if your part of the Avatar Movie render farm and can build dozens of boxes from scratch with a better OS and run a couple hundred boxes thats a different story.

HTH :)


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Yeah I'll have a fast drive and 64-Bit Windows 7 too :P

Just want to cut down on conversion times


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Sorry...forgot.

And if you have the budget:

2 matched 2TB WD black 5 plater screaming fast and hot hard drives + a hardware RAID card using RAID 0 (striped disks) = the speeding ticket :)

About $800 :)


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I've decided to go with a 920 i7 CPU.

I hope it's quick :o


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Oz_Steve wrote:
Hi all,

I have a LOT of DVD's and Blu-Rays I want to end up on my x510, so I have a lot of ripping ahead of me :crazy:

What I'd like to k now is, what's the better CPU for video conversion ? I plan on putting a box together for this and will end up being my main PC.

I'm looking at the i5 quad or the 860/920 i7 CPU with at least 8GB Ram and Gigabyte mainboard and a Nvidia video card (1GB to drive my Dell 30" screen)

As I'll need to convert over 2000 movies all up (dunno if I am going to do my whole collection just yet)

Now I do need a new PC, but I want it mainly for video conversion (I use Handbrake)

I used a HP z600 (Xeon) at work and it was clocking up 200+ frames per second (Nice) I think I could get a 860/920 to get to these speeds yes ?

Any help on this would be great, remember this is aimed at just being a video conversion machine (and anything else second)

I plan on going out this weekend to buy something as I have some time off soon to put my system together :banana:

Cheers

Steve


Just rip an ISO of everything, no conversion needed.

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aaronwt wrote:
Just rip an ISO of everything, no conversion needed.


I assume the OP wants to convert to save space. I do agree though, I prefer to just keep the original quality for all my blu rays and dvds. I don't use ISOs though, I prefer to just throw into a ts or mkv (main movie and main audio track).

I do however encode the tv shows I record, as well as cut out commercials, so I hope sometime in the near future to be upgrading to a core i7 from my quad core, which would only make the process that much faster.

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dbone1026 wrote:
aaronwt wrote:
Just rip an ISO of everything, no conversion needed.


I assume the OP wants to convert to save space. I do agree though, I prefer to just keep the original quality for all my blu rays and dvds. I don't use ISOs though, I prefer to just throw into a ts or mkv (main movie and main audio track).

I do however encode the tv shows I record, as well as cut out commercials, so I hope sometime in the near future to be upgrading to a core i7 from my quad core, which would only make the process that much faster.


Correct, I do it to save space, and I'd rather just keep the main movie and audio. I do rip Blu-Rays to MKV's but the way I rip DVD's the quality is awesome and file size around 800 to 1GB in size (better than the 4/8GB if I rip to a iso.

I'll post back here when I get the i7 and let you know how it is :P

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I don't see anything on AMD here, I am a AMD guy and am really wondering if the Best Intel and the best AMD went head to head on a 64 bit OS with software that could use it, who would win and by how much. I could be wrong but price for price I think you would be OK with AMD.
But if the question is which Intel would be the best, just skip past this 8)

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Meh - you want real speed - find a ripper that supports GPU acceleration. Either hardware h.264 or CUDA -- or both :twisted:


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