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Well, this was an adventure.
First thing, yes the water cooler and Intel SSD in the pics do not match the parts list. For the AIO, the EKWB one was too tight of a fit and the tubes were almost kinking and I felt that it would strain the water block, so I swapped that out. As for the SSD, for some reason the U.2 NVME drivers were giving us trouble, so we decided to go with the PCIe one, even though that would take up a slot on the mobo; the client feels that he wouldn't get more than one more GFX card, so that didn't matter.
As for the build in general, I had a lot of fun with it! At points, I had so many zip ties un-trimmed that the back side of the case looked like Cthulu. Cable management isn't as bad as people think, as long as you do it as you build. I did a lot of the management before actually installing anything because I knew exactly where everything was going. I probably cut about 60 or so zip ties...
And like most builds, there were some problems along the way. When I got the case, I saw that the window on the side panel was cracked, yay. But Corsair was awesome about replacing that for us, and I just built and delivered the PC without it. The custom cable for the 8-pin CPU power had this clip in the center, so I actually had to unscrew the heatsink on Mobo to get it to fit in. I was able to screw it back in, thankfully. As for the 360 Rad, I think I almost shredded my knuckles on that about 7 times. Tight spaces are lovely to work with.
OS Install went smoothly. I ran stress tests for a while then tweaked up the OC on the CPU till it crashed, then brought it back down a bit. I think I got it to behave nicely at 4.0GHz.
Yeah. So. That's that.