I know, I know, I could've come up with a better title, I figured it was somewhat fitting given the season though. I've gotten myself a nice little present after tinkering with various parts through the site and debating whether or not to buy them for close to a year. In the end, I'm quite pleased with the result.
Galax/KFA2 are sister brands for the USA/UK, respectively. Unfortunately, the Galax HoF card wasn't in stock in the US, so I headed on over to https://www.overclockers.co.uk/ and found the card still in stock. Once it was ordered, it arrived within 2-3 days and I was greeted with a nice little surprise of a few Haribo gummies packed inside. It was actually the first part that arrived even though I had placed the order for all the parts at the same time on a couple of different US online retailers. It was a very pleasant experience with the company and their overseas international shipping. The outside shipping box didn't even look banged up for arriving so quickly.
Everything went together as they should with relative ease. RAM, CPU, AiO Cooler, and MB installed effortlessly with the screws and parts included. Take into consideration that the case's instructions gave little information on how to actually build it (as other owners of the case can agree), especially given that each panel was separated and required to be put together. But with a little patience, it wasn't too bad overall.
The only snag I really ran into was that I was having difficulty getting the video card to align properly with the pci-e slots. I had gotten a riser cable that wasn't a Thermaltake brand, so I had to be a little creative making it correct. Simple fix was that I used a few extra motherboard standoff screws to offset the difference and secure it properly.
Using the default MB BIOS settings, overclocking the CPU to 5.0 GHz was a breeze and getting the RAM stable at 3.8 MHz was simple as well without touching any of the voltage settings. The video card's fans stayed quiet and never rose above a temperature of 59 C while playing Resident Evil 7 on highest settings for an hour or two.
The next step will be to get a set of custom PSU cables to add a light touch of color to match the white/blue theme I would like and to find an proper monitor to place next to it.
Merry Christmas everyone, and I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season.