Since my last post my main HDD caught fire, which in turn disabled my PSU. I'm going to have to pay for a company to copy the bios chip from the dead HDD to a new PCB, and see if that lets me recover everything. As far as the PSU, I managed to find a Super Flower Leadex Titanium 850 watt for a few hundred at Overclockers.
Additionally, I sent back the counterfeit processors (they were a very early and unstable stepping) and decided to go on a more silly direction; dual 2699v3 processors, with 18 cores each. I managed to snag one these things for 1400, and will need to be patient to find another one for a similar price. Aside from the increase in core count, these processors have a higher base clock and can turbo somewhat higher than the 2680, which will help in gaming on this workstation.
I also have a few ideas on converting the internal exhaust graphics cooler to an external exhaust... will outline this when i have time to draw up a picture. In the mean time, here is my GTX 480 setup with its new cooler (I'm pretty sure this cooling setup will be compatible with a Pascal Titan when those arrive). I retained the cooling plate to keep the board rigid, and placed the heatsinks on the plate and on the back of the card.
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