I need some advice. Looking to upgrade my cpu, mobo and ram and I'm starting with the processor as it's the most important item to me. I'm steering away from the extremes and i7's due to limited funds. Was thinking possibly lower end quad core or upper level dual core [4 to 6mb. of cache] The more I read, the more confusing the process becomes. So, what I'm looking for is some information as to just what type of processor specs [or brand & model] should I be aware of as they relate to video encoding. I have been using an old AMD Athlon64 x2 3800+ 2.0 for 3 1/2 years and the encoding time and heat levels [50C] are unexceptable as I'm doing more of this type of work. Also, any thoughts or ideas about cpu/motherboard combinations would be greatly appricated as well.
Thank you for any and all info and advice.