The first thing to check is the CPU temperature: If that 54°C temperature is when idling (as opposed to under a load), then you have a thermal problem that's usually caused by an improperly installed CPU heatsink/fan cooler. In this case, when you try to do anything at all within Premiere Elements, that CPU's temperature shoots up to near 100°C, and then throttles its clock speed way, way down. When idling, the CPU temperature should have only been around 30°C, not 54°C.
I have to agree about that CPU heat note...
My computer i7-4930k July 2014 reply #6 for my hardware list in https://forums.adobe.com/message/6536849
My CPU temp at rest 32-37C, while running Encore 50-55C (did not monitor temp while exporting from PPro)
-SSD temps Samsung 27c Crucial 31c and nVidia graphic adapter temp 32c
thanks guys...as it turned out it looked like someone had murdered a cat inside my rig, so i cleaned it all out and put 2 more fans in there. got my numbers down to
DRIVES 32, 34, 33, 35
so maybe i don't really NEED a new rig, but would i benefit much from upgrading anything? maybe hold off on a new gfx card or processor but invest in an SSD for better overall performance? I certainly want a balanced system, just not sure if i'm underpowered or just not optimized
I'll look into those. Thanks guys!