I would consider myself adept at troubleshooting computer issues, but the only thing I've ever fixed/upgraded are hard drives, so I'm quite new at understanding compatibility checking and the general need-to-knows about building/upgrading systems. Because of this, I also would like opinions on whether it's worth upgrading my machine or if I should just start saving up for a new rig. I don't exactly have money to burn, so I don't want to start upgrading components if it's going to be a short trip on them, if that makes sense.
Computer usage wise, I am a professional-hobby photographer and just delving into video editing as well. So, primary use is Adobe PS/Lightroom/Premiere Pro/After Effects/Illustrator. Secondary, I enjoy gaming when I have the (rare) hours of free time to do so. Mostly RPGs. Casual, just things like Skyrim, Tales of Zestiria, Setsuna, etc.
My specs (and let me know if other info is needed):
Gateway FX6840-15e rig
Intel Core i7 870 / 2.93 GHz
(I am not sure about my motherboard; sysinfo just lists "Gateway" with no model #)
8GB RAM (I know it's expandable to 16GB)
ATI Radeon HD 5750 w/1GB video memory
(Edited: somehow this part got clipped) I know my graphics card is old and unsupported. I have occasional driver issues, as only one older version works well. I have to override updates or else I get BSOD's. I cannot use Adobe accelerated GPU performance features.
Edited by StarStrider111, 27 January 2017 - 04:37 PM.