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Old 12-30-2008, 01:53 AM   #1
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Default Good cpu for rendering/encoding

Alright so I do alot of video editing/recoding, and i don't game as much as i used to. i have a core 2 duo e4500 2.2ghz overclocked to 2.8 ghz. My render times on vids and stuff are pretty good, but i was thinking of getting a cpu that is better at rendering. Would a quad core be good for what i need? What model would be good?

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Old 12-30-2008, 04:30 AM   #2
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Default Re: Good cpu for rendering/encoding

To be just a littel bit helpful, here's the specs on that motherboard.

From the owner's manual>

Motherboard Specifications
�� Size
ATX form factor of 12 inch x 9.6 inch
�� Microprocessor support
Intel Core 2 Extreme, Intel Core 2 Quad, Intel Core 2 Dual, Pentium
�� Operating systems:
Supports Windows XP 32bit/64bit and Windows Vista 32bit/64bit
�� Contains NVIDIA nForce 650i Ultra MCP and SPP
�� System Memory support
Supports dual channel JEDEC DDR2-533/667/800. Supports up to 8 GBs
DDR2 memories.
�� USB 2.0 Ports
�� Supports hot plug
�� Eight USB 2.0 ports (four rear panel ports, four onboard USB headers)
�� Supports wake-up from S1 and S3 mode
�� Supports USB 2.0 protocol up to 480 Mbps transmission rate
�� 300MBps data transfer rate
�� Four Serial ATA II connectors
�� NVIDIA MediaShield RAID with support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID
0+1, RAID 5, and JBOD
�� Supports hot plug and NCQ (Native Command Queuing )
�� Onboard LAN
�� Single LAN interface built-in onboard
�� Supports 10/100/1000 Mbit/sec Ethernet
�� Audio
�� Azalia High-Definition audio
�� Supports 8-channel audio
�� Supports Jack-Sensing function
�� PCI Express x16 Support
�� Supports 4 GB/sec (8 GB/sec concurrent) bandwidth
�� Low power consumption and power management features
�� Green Function
�� Supports ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface)
�� Supports S0 (normal), S1 (power on suspend), S3 (suspend to RAM), S4
(Suspend to disk - depends on OS), and S5 (soft - off)
�� Expansion Slots
�� Three PCI slots
�� Two PCI Express x1 slot
�� One PCI Express x16 Graphics slot

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Old 12-30-2008, 06:24 AM   #3
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the main limiting factor with your current processor is the 800mhz FSB, the Q6600 would be perfect for you, it's great for multitasking and you could easily overclock it on air to 3.0ghz and a 1333mhz FSB to match the 1333mhz of your motherboard, getting the golden 1:1 ratio...
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