1) Pros and cons of open box purchase from newegg
2) 1x4gb vs. 2x2gb memory
3) In the build the cpu cooler didn't fit in the mid tower until a case fan was removed. I assume a full tower will
remove all such fit issues
4) This build should also enable a 2nd 6950 in the future. http://sites.amd.com/us/game/products/certified/Pages/c...
lists Corsair TX650 V2 certified for 2 6950 and Corsair TX650W (650W) not certified. Which is this psu?
5) Can I get an ssd into this budget?
4) The V2 is slightly more efficient and can actually currently be had from newegg at the same price as the older model. TX 650 V2 but if you plan on 2 of the 6950's it doesn't come with 4 PCIE's
so you might want to spend the extra 10-20 bucks getting the next model up which does come with 4x6+2pins TX750 V2 at 109$ ( 99.99$ after rebate)
Several good PSU's currently on sale at newegg at around that pricerange as well including pc power and cooling 80+ silver rated units
5) You certainly can:
with the saved up 50 bucks or so that leaves around 210 for an SSD, which gets you a sandforce based ~120GB SataII drive such as: OCZ Vertex 2 at 199.99$ ( 169.99$ with rebate )
The sata III drives with the new sandforce controllers are slightly more expensive coming in at around the 235-240$ mark to begin with at the 120GB range OCZ Agility 3 at 239.99$
If you want to keep the case then you are still close for the ~120G vertex 2, possibly going for mostly just a boot drive at 64GB or possibly something in between.
Naturally the SATA III drives in the 64-90G range are also within your reach here.
I actually won this computer and love it. If it were me, get a z68 board since it is only a few bucks more. Be glad the Android case is out of stock, kinda ugly and still upset I can't use the 220mm side fam with cooler. Stock with the 6950 and unlock shaders then OC if you are into that.