This was my first time building a PC and it could not have gone better! My original plan was to just use the X51 R2s motherboard and move everything to the fractal case... First thing I bought was the graphics card and it performed well with anything i threw at it in the X51 but it was so hot...so i decided to move everything to a bigger case for more airflow...that....well...that didnt go well...lol I finally said screw it and bought a new motherboard...did some reading watched some youtube videos and went to work placing the CPU in the new motherboard and got everything hooked up and it worked great for what I wanted ran everything mainly playing Metal Gear Solid 5 and Fallout 4 at the moment but everything ran at ultra settings 60fps with my overclock on the card stable sitting at 1470mhz core and 3579mhz mem.
I was still getting nervous about temperatures with the graphics card though...I get really weird about that and even with my fan curve in afterburner it would run at 75c...I know i know..nothing to worry about at that temp blah blah blah its just my preference lol. Did a google search and came across the HG10 N970 bracket for corsair ordered it and the H55 liquid cooler and when it got here i just stared at it for awhile...I was nervous about leaks and destroying everything that i had worked so hard on...i mean the computer was running perfectly...if its not broke dont fix it....I studied the youtube videos and read all the instructions twice...grabbed an ice cold Dr Pepper and dove in to what i thought was going to be a huge mistake...and...it went perfectly i was worried about nothing! Absolutely NOTHING! Everything booted up no leaks (so far) and its running at 27c idle and 45-50c under heavy load after I overclocked a bit more to 1500mhz core and 4001mhz mem...even played around and got a stable clock at 1568 core...then I messed with memory and it got all grouchy and crashed the driver so i dialed them both back to what i had and decided not to be greedy....so...yay I built a PC that can run anything i throw at it! And if I can get the core to clock even higher if if just dont touch the memory 4001 it is.