Hey thanks for the comments lawrence, giving it some thought for sure. I've been very happy with the CM cases I've dealt with recently. (Sniper, 690II,932) so HAFX is the front runner out of the gate I just want to do some checking to see what other options I have for a 9 slot case.
It will still be awhile before I rebuild. I'm not planning on a system upgrade until socket 2011 but hope to be ready to make the switch right out of the gate. So I still have a little time, I just try to plan ahead. Even when I do so it will be more of a mobo/chip upgrade and shuffle everything else around turning my 930 into a full time folder/backup/file server/media center, jack of all trades pc . If I decide to go ahead and swap cases out it will be sometime soon regardless of system upgrade timeline. At the moment I'm not sure I have too much need for that bottom slot other than I'd like to uncover a PCI slot but would love to be able to load it up with 3 GPU's about the time it hits full time folder status.
Downloaded MakeMKV & xvid4psp as well as a trial version of AnyDVD. Haven't had time to mess with a ton but I can already see that they each have their benefits.
AnyDVD seemed like a quicker, simpler, one step process. It did leave me with multiple files to contend with (Video T_S). Results were exactly what I was after though.
MakeMKV & xvid4psp seemed a lot more customizable but is going to have quite a bit more of a learning curve to it. First try results weren't near the quality that I'm after, that was all user error though in selecting the wrong options.
Thanks again for the help. I'll quit thread jacking the club. Plan to check out the AVSforum and hopefully you guys won't mind if I shoot you a pm or two as I run into a few more questions regarding this stuff.
xvid4psp looks a lot more complicated than it is....but it still took me about a week of playing around to finally figure out how I wanted to use it. Once you figure it out it is the most useful program out there, with the best GUI.
The most important thing to identify on DVD's is the interlacing. Unfortunately most DVD's have some form of interlacing. All blu-ray material comes in progressive form at 23.976 fps, and all NTSC DVD's come at 29.970fps. If you want to convert your DVD material to progressive 23.976 fps (suitable for progressive screen LCD's and such) material then you have to identify the proper de-interlacing. This seems much more challenging than it is, and xvid4psp can do it all for you as long as you know how to identify it. If you encode without de-interlacing properly, you will know it right away because it looks like total ****. For blu-rays you don'thave to worry about it at all....it is already progressive material, so its just a matter of re-encoding at a bitrate and resolution you see fit.
Anyways, like you said, PM me if you want more details on encoding. It's all I really do with my rig any more