file-related Struggling with 1080 render, after effects

Evening all,

Currently I am running:

1x Fractal R5
1x Intel Core i5-8400 Coffee Lake CPU, 6 Cores / 6 Threads, 2.8 - 4.0GHz
1x Stock Cooler
1x Gigabyte B360M-DS3H Motherboard
4x 8 GB DDR4 2400MHz Memory
1x FSP Premium Grade 600W PSU
1x MSI 970GTX
1x 250gb SSD
1x 480gb M.2

Currently I am making lots of estate agent video tours. I am using after effects to make my videos as I prefer the workflow and I am being really bogged down in preview rendering and exporting via media encoder .

Through media encoder a Youtube1080 video is taking 30mins
To quarter quality preview render in AE for a 2 - 4 min video is taking 10mins
If I run it at full quality it will struggle to render the whole thing and will have a mix of blue and green.
I tend to only make 3 minute videos for the majority of my tasks
I play back in quarter quality
Work in 1080 with 1080 footage from a DSLR
I don't use proxies as they take more time to process than it does for me to make the videos
I don't use fancy transitions
I use adjustment layers
Using the latest update of After Effects CC (updated June 20th)
I dedicate all bar 5gbs of RAM to it and do not run anything else at the same time. Or if I do I close it to render.
During processing the CPU is about 61% and the memory is about 58%.

Now the question is have I got something setup wrong here or am I being throttled by the CPU?

If it is the later over the former if I get a new cpu would you go?

i7 10700k or Ryzen?

Any help would be appreciated.
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I have just updated my original post.

Awesome people will be able to help you now with this context.

These are my computer specs.
ASUS ROG Maximus IX Hero LGA1151 DDR4 DP HDMI M.2 USB 3.1 ATX Motherboard

One Graphics Card:
EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC2 GAMING, 11GB GDDR5X, iCX Technology - 9 Thermal Sensors & RGB LED G/P/M, Asynch Fan, Optimized Airflow Design Graphics Card 11G-P4-6593-KR

Intel 7th Gen Intel Core Desktop Processor i7-7700K (BX80677I77700K)

4x Crucial 16GB Single DDR4 2400 MT/s (PC4-19200) DR x8 Unbuffered DIMM 288-Pin Memory - CT16G4DFD824A

I estimate that I would render a 3 minute 1080p video in about 2-3 minutes.
After Effects renders slower than an editing programs. A typical trick is to add it to a render queue and let it render overnight so you don't care how long it takes.

I haven't used After Effects for a couple of years.... but.

Performance used to be limited primarily to 4 cores. I'm not sure if that's still the case. If that's still the case, you have a 6 core CPU, only 4 will really handle most of the load. Bench mark for it has you at about 9100 across 6 cores. The i7-10700k has a rating of almost 20000 over 8 cores. You should get it working faster by about 70-80%.

If I'm reading your post right, a cheaper solution might be more ram. Peronally I'd try upping it to 16gig ram first and see if that gets it to the speed you're happy with.