Considering I haven't done a build since 1995, I was a bit nervous buying parts from different suppliers and putting it all together. Everything arrived on time and was laid out on a table waiting for me to dive right in, there were piles of wires and various mountains of screws in a sea of manuals. I made sure to fit the IO shield before anything else, then slotted the CPU in and gave a sigh of relief. The difficult part was over, so the motherboard went in and the RAM was slotted in the right lanes before the GPU was firmly put in to place. The rest was simple, wires from the case were routed and put in to place before the AIO pump was attached. Drives were installed, more cables routed. Finally the PSU was installed and the rest of the time was spent making sure my cable management was tidy.
The moment of truth was upon me, the monitors were attached to the GPU and I pressed the power button. The inside of the case glowed white, like the waking up of a space ship. Fans whirred in to life, and the 2 minute wait before the BIOS screen appeared seemed like an eternity. I checked for beard growth, finding nothing remined me that time was an illusion and the BIOS appeared. All was good in the world.
All in all, a fun build and no problems encountered.
Note to builders: The stock BIOS is out of date and would benefit from an early update. If you are running with the same memory, then enable DOCP in the BIOS as the memory will be clocked lower than what you are expecting. It is worth removing the stock thermal paste from the cooler, and applying your own. With the BIOS update and thermal paste, I dropped 10°c. You can also apply a voltage offset of -0.0775 to drop temperatures a bit further without affecting performance. My idle temperatures are around 38°C with an ambient room temperature of 25°C