I currently have a Sempron 2800 and I am more than happy with the performance, however my old Athlon XP 2000 was really slow for video encoding, I haven't tried this is on my sempron yet but would an Athlon 64 be much faster?
The software I will use is Adobe Premiere Elelements which is 32-bit, so if I was to sell this board and CPU and buy an Athlon 64 3000 would I notice any real difference?
Also I have upgraded my hard drive from an 80GB 7200 2MB cahce to a 120gb 7200 with an 8MB cahce, would this make an improvement when it comes to encoding?
My problem is I don't do much video encoding, the machine is mainly used for photoshop work and programming so its 100% fine, so its not worth me having a super PC just for the sake of fast video editing.
Main System: Sempron 2800+, ASrock MB, 512MB DDR, 128MB 9600SE, 120GB 8MB HD, 1394, DVDRW,DVD, FAN SPEED LIMITER, 350W FSP SILENT PSW
Sisters system: Althlon XP 2200, 512MB RAM, 80GB HD, FAN SPEED LIMITER, stock PSU, CDRW, 32MB TNT2 graphics
Server:PIII 733, 256MB RAM, 10GB HD
Parents system:Duron 1Ghz, 384MB RAM, 16MB TNT graphics, 15GB HD.
Laptop: P233MMX, 64MB RAM, 3.2GB HD, happily runs Firefox 1.0 under Vector Linux :)