It's not pointless. For me to use my 3570k ( the one I bought with Z series board cheaper than newegg had H with i3) and use SVP with MADVR I need a mild overclock. It's the best way to save cash and get i7 level performance for less than i7 cost.
It's also great at encoding , quite a difference actually. Darkslayer is right I'm not good at automating tasks because usually when I transcode I'm trying to get it done quickly last minute and loaded on a phone or laptop or tablet for traveling - having a powerful CPU saves and amazing amount of time.
I don't encode my whole collection but if I did that would basically take forever on a modest stock dual core CPU. A nearly impossible task at the volume of media I have.
You certainly don't need quad cores or z series boards for simple video playback but let's not bash on them for encoding because that's a task they show some benefit (more than video playback )
So much hate on the high end stuff these days around here. What's wrong with AVS? It used to be a place that appreciated excessive and maximizing every last ounce of performance (in audio, video etc) but it seems like there is a prevailing simple and cheap is good enough in this forum. Do people not have high end audio and video systems anymore around here where quality no longer matters? Anytime anything other than a lower power cheap dual core and cheapo mobo is recommended you get some fools saying "you don't need that" and half they time they don't even know about video rendering, or any of the tasks the powerful stuff is good at.
I totally get that in this thread there is no need for a Z series board for OP- but it does seem like lots of people want to bash on the high end stuff just because it exists. There is a difference between saying you don't need it for what you want to do OP, versus saying no ever needs it and it's pointless. You are going to get some resistance on the second approach.
Sometimes I like having stuff that is better and more capable than I need. Ever buy a power tool that's like 10 times better than you need and know it's a waste of money- but then you use it and you smile ear to ear ? Or drive a car or motorcycle that has 10 times the amount of power you really need for daily driving but as soon as you get it wide open it brings a smile to your face ? Sometimes it's nice just to have something, even when you know you don't need it. Since when was having a fast high end PC a bad thing ????
Too much hate on good stuff these days.
There is no reason to hate on a powerful CPU or a Z series motherboard that can overclock. These things cost less than a Friday night dinner over the cheaper counterparts but people treat it like it's thousands of dollars. I've seen $25,000 projectors and $10,000 speakers with regularity around here so no sure why spending $125 on a motherboard is viewed as being EVIL. This whole "value" concept is running out of control sometimes. If I spent $20 more on more powerful CPU, or motherboard even though I did not need I am sure I would live happily ever after. You never regret getting something better or stepping up, but often you do regret going ultra cheap and limiting yourself.
Everyone (myself included) needs to lighten up around here. This is not life or death stuff, and performance is not evil. We've been bickering about the stupidest stuff recently. I think everyone needs to loosen up or chill out. I am not very wealthy by any means, but $20 for a motherboard with more features isn't exactly a big deal even if I might never use the features. From the attitudes around here you think spending the extra $20 might be punishable by death