I've got a custom-built beast of a computer that I'm looking to upgrade. Well, it was a beast about 6 years ago, now it's starting to lag a bit. A bit of history...I'm a professional photographer and I use the computer for about 80% work and 20% gaming. More than anything, I do a lot of work in Photoshop, Lightroom, and Sony Vegas Pro on a 64-bit Windows 10 machine. I've been noticing with the last few software updates that the computer is starting to get a little sluggish and I'm thinking it might be time for a new CPU/Motherboard.
Currently, I am running with an Intel i7 920 @ 2.67GHz, 12 mb of RAM, and for my GPU, a Nvidia GeForce 960 w/ 4gb of GPU memory.
My motherboard is only expandable to 16 gb, which would require me to swap out my existing chips for 4 gb ones, which might be a little bit of a boost, but my thoughts were to do a bit of an upgrade although I don't want to spend a bank full of cash to do so. Here are my questions though:
1. To make a somewhat significant boost in performance, which motherboard/CPU suggestions should I be looking at? I don't need state-of-the-art, but something significantly better that won't bankrupt me.
2. Should I decide to upgrade, will I need to completely re-install windows 10 and all existing software?