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So I will be upgrading around the end to the beginning of next year and I'm trying to get as much research in to effectively spend my money.*Edit* Forget to mention that, both of these sockets are pretty much dead in the water, I don't think bulldozer will continue on AM3 or AM3+ and SB-E will not be on 1155, please correct me if I'm wrong.

This upgrade is mainly address encoding times using Handbrake for x264 in the mkv container. This computer will be used for gaming as well as general purpose. I will be putting it under H20 regardless of the upgrade route. I'm trying to find some people that could maybe give me some first hand experiences to push me either way. I have always sought out AMD for price vs performance, but currently running a PIIx4 yields about 3-4 hours for a full feature film encodes of 720p or 1080p. This is extremely painful.

When I look at benchmarks, I usually see any where from 20-26 fps with both the x6 and 2600k. Currently I get about 5-10 fps with my x4. Are these figures right? The hardest part about this is encode times will be dependent on settings used which will be different for everyone. I usually use High profile with DTS audio direct copy and 23 for quality setting in handbrake.

If anyone can help me out, I would appreciate it. Thanks!
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So I will be upgrading around the end to the beginning of next year and I'm trying to get as much research in to effectively spend my money.*Edit* Forget to mention that, both of these sockets are pretty much dead in the water, I don't think bulldozer will continue on AM3 or AM3+ and SB-E will not be on 1155, please correct me if I'm wrong.

This upgrade is mainly address encoding times using Handbrake for x264 in the mkv container. This computer will be used for gaming as well as general purpose. I will be putting it under H20 regardless of the upgrade route. I'm trying to find some people that could maybe give me some first hand experiences to push me either way. I have always sought out AMD for price vs performance, but currently running a PIIx4 yields about 3-4 hours for a full feature film encodes of 720p or 1080p. This is extremely painful.

When I look at benchmarks, I usually see any where from 20-26 fps with both the x6 and 2600k. Currently I get about 5-10 fps with my x4. Are these figures right? The hardest part about this is encode times will be dependent on settings used which will be different for everyone. I usually use High profile with DTS audio direct copy and 23 for quality setting in handbrake.

If anyone can help me out, I would appreciate it. Thanks!
2600K hands down. Those 4 extra threads will give you extra special kick for encoding. I encoded 500 of my DVD movies to MKVs.

@ 5ghz, it takes 20~30 mins per movie.
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2600K hands down. I can rip a blu-ray to MKV in the ballpark of an hour.
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2600K hands down. I can rip a blu-ray to MKV in the ballpark of an hour.
Can you remember any of the settings you use?
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2600k. My brother uses his to encode his Blurays in about an hour a piece.
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2600K hands down. Those 4 extra threads will give you extra special kick for encoding. I encoded 500 of my DVD movies to MKVs.

@ 5ghz, it takes 20~30 mins per movie.
DVDs or Blu-Rays? DVDs my x4 does about the same. When the resolution goes up it feels like I have to get the shotgun out to put poor Betsy out of her misery.
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Anyone have any input on future upgrade ability on both of these sockets?
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Sandy Bridge will be able to upgrade to a SB-E. Anyways 2600K blows PHII x6 out of the water.
     
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Sandy Bridge will be able to upgrade to a SB-E. Anyways 2600K blows PHII x6 out of the water.
I know it does; I'm not naive enough to say it doesn't. What I'm after are real world facts of how much better it is over the x6 in encoding. If its marginally better then why would I spend 150 dollars more? Not to mention the motherboard I'll have to buy.

I could careless if it gets me 5 more frames in x game or can unzip a file a minute faster or scores a bagillion-gozillion-cofillion times more in x benchmarking software.

So far I have heard from the intel camp about around an hour for a full feature film to x264. Anyone from the amd camp want to chime in?
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I would say the 2600K for pretty much any scenario.
    
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