One of the coolest pieces of software is HandBrake. The fact you can rip a DVD to H.264 with equal quality of the original but take a 3rd of the disk space is rank high on the CooL list. My sig lists my systems specs, (yes they are underwhelming). When ripping a DVD at the NORMAL setting I'm getting an average of about 74 fps but as high as 99 fps and as low as 30 fps. I'm waiting on HandBrake to catch up with the later versions of Ubuntu (not compatible with newer version of Gnome) because I really want to see how it does under Linux. There are a couple other H.264 encoders for LInux out there I have tried, but they are not reliable as HandBrake. I'm pondering upgrading to a x940 Phenom II and I'm wondering what kind of boost in encoding speed I will see. What do you think? What kind of FPS are you seeing on your system??