Managed to get the parts in and a good friend of mine helped put it together. My first ever true build. I decided to get something a little on the higher end since it's been a long long time since I've had a desktop and render times are getting more and more annoying. Currently I plan to use it for 3D applications; such as Maya, Blender, and 3DS Max, as well as various other digital production tools/game engines. It should also be able to keep up with current games which is always a plus.
Absolutely no issues with construction and Windows 8 works like a charm. From restart to desktop in about 8 seconds, and Maya starts up in about 3. It runs Maya at a mind blowing 1000FPS although I haven't been able to test a complex scene yet. I can also run Viewport 2.0 with real-time motion blur, ambient occlusion, and anti aliasing turned up to max at anywhere between 40-100 FPS.
A beautiful build. I could not have wished for more....well, I do plan to get a third monitor and a soundcard come this December. :)