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hi all, I'm looking to build a server on the cheap so I can transcode and stream hd video (mkv). so I was wondering what is the cheapest CPU I can get that will have no problem transcoding mkv ect. if you have not guessed I'm a complete (server) noob. thanks for the help.

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post #2 of 10
my guess would be a Llano or i3 sandy bridge cpu.
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How cheap are we talking? Throwing out a ballpark number can help us give you better ideas.
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like $100? i was previously looking an athlon II x4 because i have experience with that, but if you think a llano apu would be better.... i dont think a sandybridge cpu would be in my price range.
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newegg has the i3-2100 processor for $125 with a $15off code making it $110 w/ free shipping...

Its dual core with HT @ 3.1Ghz + integrated graphics. Not bad for $10 more than that AMD chip..

Its possibly a little overkill but also draws less watts than the AMD chip you mentioned.

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You'd definitely want to go either i3 Sandy or i3 Ivy, that mixed with a Z-series chipset will allow very nice transcoding performance for the price (thanks to Quick Sync).

Ivy will be a bit more expensive, but will use less power.
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You'd definitely want to go either i3 Sandy or i3 Ivy, that mixed with a Z-series chipset will allow very nice transcoding performance for the price (thanks to Quick Sync).
Ivy will be a bit more expensive, but will use less power.

Quick Sync only works with certain programs, popular programs such has handbrake do not leverage the power of quick sync. I would still recommend a i3 Sandy though.
post #8 of 10
by transcode you mean decoding only? then get some cheapo nvidia/amd gpu to do dxva or lavcuvid

else

the pentium g920 or something like that, or the i3, or some cheapo amd x2 x3
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The more work the hardware does the better the quality will be. Why do you think x264 yields the best results in tests and takes forever? If you want video quick, then go for some ****ty GPU-accelerated encoder that will give you a larger, lower quality file. You need a lot of CPU power to encode video. The more threads you do for a single video, the less efficient the encode will be, so you would want to encode multiple videos in parallel.
 
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for sure then an i3 sandy bridge.
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