well, i got everything connected with ONE minor problem. at least i hope it is just a minor one. i have to get a molex to 4 pin 12V adapter to get power to the CPU!!! the psu i got only has a 6 pin. why?, i don't know. but i ordered one and it should be here in a few days. what a PITA!!! but everything else is connected. i know i'm at least getting power to the system itself because all of the fans and heatsink fan are running and the power buttons on the front are working, and the new SATA cd/dvd drive is getting juice with opening/closing. but until then i won't know if the cpu and the mobo bios settings and everything else are actually in working order. god, i'm just crossing my fingers now at this point.