Unfortunately, your PC does not quite have enough CPU horsepower to edit 1080p XAVC material. Even if you had 16 or 32 GB of RAM, all 1080p video material regardless of the codec is just too demanding for an older Ivy Bridge CPU that has only four cores and four threads and very limited (if any) overclockability.
As for what you should be using, I'd advise a complete replacement of the CPU, motherboard and RAM. I'd also get a new GPU as well while you're doing all this. A Skylake i5-6600K CPU on a Z170 motherboard with 16GB or more DDR4-2666 or higher-speed RAM (or better, an i7-6700K on a Z170 motherboard or a Socket LGA 2011-3 CPU on an X99 motherboard and 32GB or more DDR4-2666 or faster RAM) is strongly recommended for this video codec. And I'd recommend an upgrade to a GTX 1060 while you're at it (the 3GB version is OK, but the 6GB version is better).
I do not recommend upgrading just the CPU and RAM on that old Z77 system since an upgraded i7-3770K CPU would cost you more money than is justified by the tangible (real-world) performance gains. The money that you would have spent on such an upgrade would have been better put towards the more complete platform overhaul that I described in the last paragraph.
Okay, thanks for the quick reply Randall!
Another question or two if your willing - 1) Should I get more storage(SSD/HDD) as well and set up a raid system?
2) If yes, how would i go about doing that? Where should I store files, media cache, exports, etc to provide less strain on my system?
Since I am upgrading, i would prefer to edit in a 4k timeline without a huge headache.
Thanks a bunch!
I have to agree with Randall
The only good thing that is salvageable would be the Samsung 850 PRO
I am editing XAVC-S 4K 100 Mbit/sec media from my FDR-AX100 camera from this very laptop (as long as you use AC power). I am using CS6 and/or Premiere 10.4 (CC2015.3). It is an i7-4700HQ quad-core with Hyperthreading and 24 GB of RAM and a GTX 765M CUDA card.
So Randall's suggestions sound very good. If you do go with a Z170 motherboard try to get one with a true M.2 x4 (32 Mbits/second) socket. These new M.2 PCIe Gen3 x4 SSD's like the Samsung 950 Pro are super SSD's and would be great for your project files and a or your Samsung 850 Pro for the OS/Applications is an ideal setup then you can have hard drives for backup and archiving.
Forget about RAID unless you want expensive high reliability archiving/backup.
i would like to point out that your i5 cpu is only slightly slower than bill's laptop i7 cpu (yes its newer but its a laptop cpu), and yet he can edit 4k on his laptop while you have problems with HD.
a 5:30 video with simple effects (color grade, sharpening) takes almost 5 hours at 1080p??
with that export time and your description of poor playback performance, i would suspect something is wrong with the computer. or perhaps you are trying to use some very resource intensive plugin like neat video... either way if you are looking to handle 4k timelines/media, i would suggest a new computer to handle 4k. a 6 core cpu will better handle 4k vs a newer 4 core with hyper-threading. if you are on a tight budget a new i7 4 core with hyper-threading will increase performance, but mostly just from hyper-threading as performance gains over each cpu generation are small.
Same need a good windows laptop build specs with cc used to mac.. need for intern
Thanks everybody for your input!