New computer, is this allright?

My friend asked me to design him a computer that can play current video games on high. We already have a case and DVDRW drive.

Processor- i5 750




power supply OCZ ModXStream Pro-

Video card-Sapphire Radeon Vapor-X HD 5770 1 GB DDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card 100283VXL-Runs cooler. But also looking at the 5850's

am i looking at good performance in upcoming games? Are these good deals? Also wondering if this is a overall good setup
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  1. Well is there a budget? that video card will not be able to play all the new games coming out on high. If you need some thing that will max out most games to come get the 5770, or the 4870, 4870 performs slightly better but no DirectX 11 or eyefinity. The 4890 is also another options. And the 5850 will max anything out today and you will be safe for 2-4 years.
  2. Looks good.
    I would recommend the Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB if Newegg hadn't removed it from its inventory (anyone know why they did this?), but the 7200.12 is a good drive too.
    And get this RAM instead:
    Same specs, same price, same brand, lower power consumption.
    G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBECO - Retail
    The $5.99 shipping is worth it.

    You might want to look at a more powerful PSU if your friend ever plans on upgrading or doing some heavy OCs.

    Edit: What res will your friend be playing at? The 4850 is good up to 1680x1050, but really only recommended for 1440x900 and lower, ATM.
  3. nah no over clocking, were not planning on that

    as for res, 1400 to1600 is about right

    also should he get windows 7 32 bit or 64? Or stil with xp pro?

    im looking at the 5770 at this page

    theres a bunch of them at different prices, what is the difference between them and which one is the best ? I feel like the names make it cost more money.
  4. For the OS, I would suggest Win7 64-bit, but if you already have a copy of XP Pro you can use, that's fine too. Just remember that a 32-bit OS will only be able to take advantage of ~3.25GB of RAM.

    The differences between those 5770s are the cooler and brand.
    From what I've heard, the non-reference coolers work better (reference ones are the boxy ones), especially if you have good airflow in your case. The Sapphire Vapor-X at the bottom of that page you linked probably runs the coolest; their Vapor-X series is known for allowing high OCs. If overclocking isn't going to be considered, any of them are fine.
    Brand is important because of manufacturer warranties and quality; XFX are known for their double lifetime warranty. They, Sapphire, and EVGA are probably the only brands I'd pay more for (of course, EVGA being Nvidia-only, I wouldn't pay them at all ATM :p ).
    BUT. At first I thought you were going for the 4850 due to budget. If you have more than ~$100 to work with, there are a few more options: the 4860, and the 512MB and 1GB versions of the 5770. The 4860 is a great card if you plan on OCing and don't care for the new series. If you'd rather have a 5xxx card, there's the still a two options for your res: the 512MB 5770 at $145 and 1GB 5770 at $160 (leaving out 5750s, because they may struggle). If you can afford a 1GB 5770, get a non-reference model. Asus, MSI, and Sapphire have a few.
  5. So confirmed 1440 x 900 right? Or 1680 x 1050? If the latter try to hit a HD 5770
  6. i will go for the 5770, definably want better performance heh. as for the os, is it possible to upgrade from windows xp pro 32bit to windows 7 64 bit ?

    also can i install and run windows xp professional if im using a 64 bit processor? Is it possible, if so what are the down sides?

    which of the 5850's on is best? they all have differemt brands and I just got word that that makes a difference. So which of those is best? And can it be on my current setup with the power supply at hand?
  7. im also going to be using a mid sized ATX case, is that enough to fit everything?
  8. Yes, look at this deal for your PSU/case, it's better quality then your OCZ you selected and will be sufficient for a better video card down the road.
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