Zac,.. I scanned thru the 34 pages.. and most all seem like very good suggestions!
... the 5X increase... maybe/possible.. would depend on your rig and the changes you make to it,.. the file/asm complexity... and if you have your original templates maxed out on the quality settings?
Personally... staying in Windows 7 and SW2012 (which they show) would be a good idea!.... seriously... performance degradation per latest releases would prove this.