I will give my system as well as my intended use if that will hep in the discussion i hope will follow.
Athlon II X4 630 firstname.lastname@example.org
4 GB of G-Skill ddr3 1600 (can't get above 1060with overclcock. I think this is where this board lags the nicer ones)
Nvidia Pony GT 240 DDR5 512 mb
Seagate 750GB HDD
Antec 650w PSU 80+cert.
Windows 7 64 bit
I will be using this computer to store mostly DVD's and watch OTA programming with DVR activated. I currently have WMC setup with MB using MPCHC as an external player that launches seamlessly when playing a movie. I want to take advantage of every codec or software that will improve image quality and playback. I had planned on ripping using Make MKV or DVDDecryptor for TS files. The problem i have with MakeMKV s that MB will not automatically assign a cover art in the front end. I can do so manually, but do not like the results. Straight ripping of TS files yields cover art detection, but from what i have read is not supported by some of the post processors like MadVR, which i was hoping to use based on the excellent reviews it gets. Would i benefit encoding these files into a x264 codec in an mp4 container in order to take advantage of the MadVR post-processing. I also was considering using CoreAVC 2 as mentioned above because of its full implementation of cuda technology. I am a newb, so much so that i don't even know how to setup MadVR. I have it installed but do not know how to create the files that have the processing instructions in them. I am sorry to be asking these questions as i know they may have been answered already, but i have 3 children under 5 yrs. and i can only spend so much time sifting through miles and miles of forum discussion.