I have an older I7-920 on an asus 5290 motherboard. When I run CPUZ, the cpu is rated for 2.67mhz, but is running at 1.75.
How do I get it up to it's rated speed?
Also, though not a heavy gamer, I would like to upgrade. What would you suggest as a decent upgrade in cpu and motherboard?
I am a photographer so I do quite a bit photo editing.
use high performance power plan in control panel power option. (to solve 1st problem)
i7-920 is not a too old cpu, it is a great cpu for photo editing, NO NEED TO UPGRADE THAT, you will see no performance increase with 2500k. photo editing softwares (like Photoshop) loves extra cores.
well no need to upgrade anything for photo editing
and if you still want to upgrade then
a ssd will help you to load photos (like uncompressed (bmp) photo of large size like 20 mega pixel) faster, and boots window faster, and helps in loading any program faster. So a ssd will be a good choice for a updrade
(not necessary) and a graphics card like nvidia gtx560 or 570 (go for only nvidia)
if you have 4gb of ram then it is more than enough for photo editing , and is enough for gaming too.