This machine was based on what seems to be the sweet spot for the $1000 build in these forums. I ordered all the parts last Thursday and they arrived less than 24 hours later
at noon on Friday. The build is sweet and screams compared to what Ive been used to but there were a couple minor problem points.
1) the cutout on the nzxt phantom case for the heatsink backplate does not allow full access to the mounting holes on sandy boards. not a huge problem because I was able to install the heatsink before placing it in the case. I called nzxt and they said its an older case and not based on the sandy design.
2) there is a "cpu fan error press f1 " msg from the bios at bootup and Asus shows the fan in red as spinning too slow. Its usually spinning at apx 550 and this triggers the alert. The temps look ok tho