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PSU: Cyberpower 700W power supply
I would be sceptical to run anything on that PSU
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PSU: Cyberpower 700W power supply
I would be sceptical to run anything on that PSU

Well, he is running a 190w TDP Radeon HD 4890, so an upgrade to either an 151w TDP HD 6870 or a 150w TDP R7 265, will give him the headroom to upgrade the CPU to the Quad Core, if the system is running well now, there shouldn't be much of a problem with the two upgrades.

Also, OP, scratch what I said about the Phenom II X4 940, I was under the impression that one was the last CPU to support the AM2+ platform, but in fact the others after that one have dual memory controllers, so you can go all the way to the Thuban Phenom II X6 1090T, like the CPU support list says.
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From the sounds of it, changing the processor and card would be the best way to go right now. With that in mind, would the combination of the Thuban Phenom II X6 1090T and R7 265 last for a few years? I appreciate that games aren't using 6-cores currently, but for future proofing purposes do you guys reckon it would it last for a good 3-4 years, especially without updating the RAM?

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Well, he is running a 190w TDP Radeon HD 4890, so an upgrade to either an 151w TDP HD 6870 or a 150w TDP R7 265, will give him the headroom to upgrade the CPU to the Quad Core, if the system is running well now, there shouldn't be much of a problem with the two upgrades.

Also, OP, scratch what I said about the Phenom II X4 940, I was under the impression that one was the last CPU to support the AM2+ platform, but in fact the others after that one have dual memory controllers, so you can go all the way to the Thuban Phenom II X6 1090T, like the CPU support list says.
That's provided that PSU does 700W as it states, which I doubt it even gets close to providing
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I've not done any testing on the PSU itself, but I've not had games hang up on me with my current set up if that helps. The PC has been solid for the years I've had it but is definitely showing its age.
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From the sounds of it, changing the processor and card would be the best way to go right now. With that in mind, would the combination of the Thuban Phenom II X6 1090T and R7 265 last for a few years? I appreciate that games aren't using 6-cores currently, but for future proofing purposes do you guys reckon it would it last for a good 3-4 years, especially without updating the RAM?

Cheers

Not really, that 4 GB RAM limit is going to start showing, it won't last you 3-4 years, rather one, two at most. It already shows in multi-player BF3 and BF4, and now with the current generation consoles packing 8 GB of VRAM / RAM, it's only going to get worse. Those two upgrades can make sense if you then later buy a new or second hand AM3+ motherboard (with better VRMs to allow for CPU overclocking), which will allow you to use both, and upgrade the RAM to high-speed DDR3. DDR2 speeds are also affecting fps in games. Nowadays at least DDR3 1600 Mhz is recommended.
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From the sounds of it, changing the processor and card would be the best way to go right now. With that in mind, would the combination of the Thuban Phenom II X6 1090T and R7 265 last for a few years? I appreciate that games aren't using 6-cores currently, but for future proofing purposes do you guys reckon it would it last for a good 3-4 years, especially without updating the RAM?

Cheers

Technically it would last for 3 or 4 years, just will not play FPS as fast as a 6 core or 8 core system (with DDR3).
I would say unless you get a really good deal (like $125) on 1090T, get the 945 for now (and a graphics card).
Later on (6 month or 12 months) swap out your current motherboard and (DDR2) memory for a 970 chip-set mother board and 8GB of DDR3 memory.
Then later on (year or two) you could get a FX6350 or FX8350.
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That's provided that PSU does 700W as it states, which I doubt it even gets close to providing

May not be a great power supply, but personally I've had good luck with generic power supplies.
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I've not done any testing on the PSU itself, but I've not had games hang up on me with my current set up if that helps. The PC has been solid for the years I've had it but is definitely showing its age.

Maybe hold of any power supply upgrade until your really to upgrade your motherboard.
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Hi guys, just wanted to let you know I went on Ebay and managed to get this for £300

CPU - AMD 6 Core FX-6300 Black Edition, 3.5 - 4.5 GHZ Socket AM3+
Graphics Card - XFX AMD Radeon 7850 2GB gddr5 Memory DD Edition
RAM - 8GB DDR3 RAM dual channel, 2x Crucial Ballistix Sport 1600MHz, 4GB sticks.
Hard Drive - Western Digital Caviar Blue SATA III 6Gb/s, 500GB, 7200rpm Hard Drive
Optical Drive- LiteOn 24x SATA DVD Drive
Case - CiT Knight Midi ATX Gaming Case
Power Supply - CiT 500W Gaming PSU
Mother Board - ASRock 960GM/US3S FX Gaming Mother Board AM3+
Operating System- Windows 7, 64bit Pro with license and disc, installed and updated
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