My first build!
Needless to say, it was a challenge, but largely thanks to this site (and reddit, and YouTube), I was able to make it happen.
The only major snag I hit was, unfortunately, very early on -- the CPU cooler I really wanted to use (Thermaltake SpinQ) simply did not fit my mobo. Even though this site said it was compatible, I quickly found out that this is a part from 2009 and has no business being installed in a 2018 build. After a few failed attempts, bruised thumbs and ego gave way to reason and I filed a return w/ Amazon; fortunately, that was quick & easy.
I ended up finding the Enermax ETS at Fry's; their selection was pitiful, but I like the one I found anyway.
Other than that, cable management was a bit tricky w/ this case, especially for a first-timer, but I eventually ended up with a setup I feel works really well. There is PLENTY of airflow in the case (even with all my toys) and it just looks stunning.
Oh, and it absolutely kicks *** in the gaming department, which was the whole reason for the build. I've only been able to test GTA V & DOOM so far, but both are maxed out on the highest settings and this rig is holding nice 'n' steady in that buttery smooth sweet spot of 60 fps.
And on Wednesday, my new 27" Dell w/ G-Sync will arrive and I shall truly put some shizz to the test. (Never experienced 144hz before... I'm nervous...)
Thanks to anyone who's ever contributed to this community, PCMR, YouTube, etc... We salute you!!!