Marafice got my back! thank you much my friend! no biggy tho. EVERY time i've seen someone mention having a pc built, there are these responses, so i expected it. that's why i explained my situation up front.
anyway, got this beast home and gotta say, Microcenter was a nice suprise. they had an actual labor day ssale start the night before i went in, and the salesman was quick to get me great deals. they even price matched Newegg! between that and the sale i saved about $200 more then i'd planned. they were out of that awesome deal on the Power & Cooling 950w PSU. so got a 850w Corsair. everything total, tax, build fees was lil over $2100. pretty good i think. cheaper than online builders i saw. oh they had OCZ refurbished 850w PSUs for...$9.95! got one for the helluvit
i'm a bit unsure on how these guys put it together tho. here's a pic...
all the picsi saw of those huge cpu coolers always had them mounted on the bottom. they put the mobo and cooler vertically on the side. they're really heavy and i'd rather have'em on the bottom. is it because of the case i chose (NZXT Phantom full case), and there's not enough room at bottom?
and i bought an extra 120 fan for the other side of the Coolermaster 812 CPU cooler, like you recommended Marafice, but they put it on the front panel of the case instead of on the cpu cooler. said there wasn't enough room on cooler because of the RAM being so close. and that they couldn't put the ram in the slot farther away because then the ram wouldn't work correctly. not sure if low profile ram woulda helped. i'm guessing the fan on front panel and the 2 fans in back (1 on cooler and 1 about an inch to the left) will still cause a push/pull effect. or would it have been better w/ that front fan placed on the cooler?
and the case has a 5 fan controller but they only have 3 connected. i understand one control because there's no fan there. but there's a control for that front fan and it's not connected. fan blows but desn't control or light up.
all in all, the case has incredible airflow! air blowin everywhere lol. Speedfan shows all temps at idle around 26-30C (cores are like 2-6C. haven't gamed yet tho). except the 2TB harddrive. it's showing 0C. lil worried about that. is it because it has no data on it yet? installed incorrectly?
as always, thoughts greatly appreciated! and thank you much again Marafice!