Guys I have asked this before in a round about way, but did not really get any specific answers. So, I thought I would try again. When you are encoding (NOT BACKING UP DVD's) are you having problems continuing to use the PC.
My PC and I'll show specs at bottom here, will not allow me to do anything else, it is maxed out at 100% on CPU all the way through the encoding process.
So my question is this, are my specs below lousy, or the PC is not configured right, would buying one of the new Intel Core 2 processors (maybe even quad core) allow me to multi task and do other things like surf the net, check emails, do some program work while the encoding goes on its merry way in the background.
Present Machine Spec is: (About 2years old now I guess).
AMD Athlon 64 3400+ (2.41GhZ) with 1 GB RAM. (Increasing RAM may help)
256 Graphics Card if that comes into it (Geoforce 6800GT)
ASUSTek K8N-E Deluxe Motherboard
2 x 75GB Western Digital Raptors 10,000RPM HDD's configured in RAID 0 mode
Pioneer DVD-RW DVR 108 Burner
That is all that probably matters for what I'm trying to find out.
I would be interested to know what people are using and if they have any problems doing anything else while encoding. I suspect most people just backup there DVD's which does not seem to be a problem for me. Even though it is suggested not to do anything else while burning, I have not had issues doing this as yet.
Just thinking about it......in the end I could just buy a new machine and leave this one strictly for encoding and it can take as long as it likes. I was wanting to hold off until Vista gets it act together, was even thinking about a new MAC and becoming one of those switchers.
Thanks in advance