i need some assistance in deciding which chipset and cpu to purchase for “shrinking” and re-encoding and well as creating iso’s of discs i burn. I have an abit nf7-s/socket A/XP-M as my gaming machine and a intel 775/P4 3.4HT for my g’friends machine. She is tired of me borrowing her machine since it is much faster at deep analysis of a disc as well as “shrinking” files to a s/l disc in addition to the 4 SATA ports which allow for more hard drives. I use multiple benq 1640 burners as well as yudenT02 and MCC004 media so it’s really easy for me to tell that the intel platform burns w/better cdspeed/plextools quality ratings than my amd platform.
so, I need to buy a new machine for a dvd shrink “station”, however, I am not sure which cpu/chipset/memory would be the most stable and fastest setup. i don’t care about graphics, but if faster SATA hd’s help, than i am all for it as well as 1GB vs 2GB or more of memory.
intel 775/ddr2, 939/ddr, am2/ddr2, conroe/ddr2, etc.???
in addition, please recommend a particular mobo if possible, since i have spent hours and hours on newegg, anandtech and dfistreet, ocworkbench, etc trying to determine which mobo is the most stable —note I am not interested in overclocking, only the highest quality burns possible!