UPDATE: So I finally got to overclocking and both the cpu and the gpu overclocked amazingly, I was especially happy with the gpu because I managed to get to past most other cards. I also got some LEDs and a hard drive (which was desperately needed) for my birthday! I also played some more gpu demanding games like Alien Isolation with no problems, which looks beautiful btw.
This is the first build I've ever put up onto pcpartpicker! There aren't many pictures right now but i will put up more later. The reasons I bought the 290x lightning was that at the time of buying the card it was the cheapest version, it has huge overclocking capability, and it is overall top of its class. But Holy Cow this card is huge! it says its only a 2 slot card but it covers up the third one below it as well. I picked a matching motherboard to go with it and I'm really happy with how it looked in the end.
The nzxt radiator at the top had minor clearance issues in this case. I wasn't planing on having any optical drives in this case (due to my copy of windows on a usb) but this cooler would not allow for one if i did.
I haven't had the chance yet to play some really stressful games on it yet, but the games that i have played (Arma 3, DMC, and Dota 2) the rig has been whisper quiet. I also haven't had the chance to overclock anything too seriously quite yet because it has just arrived.