Razor I figured out what the problem was!
It was a USB connection for the secondary screen on the case, for some reason it was slowing down ny games. Luckily I didn't reinstalled windows before finding this out!
Nice to hear you have it all sorted and thanks for posting what the issue was.
I'm completely freaking out...
All my stuff came in and it's been so long since I've built a computer I feel completely overwhelmed. I don't know if I should use the little rubber mounts for the Noctua case fans, I don't know if I need to take out a drive bay to make room for my video card, the Noctua CPU cooler looks like you need an engineering degree to mount it, there's screws and boxes everywhere....
I see you have already sorted this out. I tend to run as many cables under the mobo as possible as it helps with cable management. Just in case anyone else is stuck on this here is a link to one of my builds which shows what I mean.
This morning, I turned the TV on, moved the mouse, hit keys on the keyboard, and coudn't get the computer to do anything -- no picture. I hit power, hit reset, nothing. So I held power in and it seemed like it turned it off. I waited a few seconds and hit power again to turn it on and it said "Resuming windows" or "Waking up" or whatever it says after it's been put to sleep, so I'm not quite sure what happened there.
Sounds like power management. I disable this by going into control panel and selecting power and sound and then place my system on High performance. I also change my display settings to never power off and never go to sleep.
One thing that immediately struck me a superbly awesome was audio. I'm used to having a headphone jack -> RCA cable plugged into the laptop with tons of EMI and background noise. Now audio is, well, you get it.
Lots more configuration and playing to begin/continue tonight. Thanks to everybody who helped me put this together, especially Razor!
I love reading posts like these and I am very pleased to see that you are enjoying your new build. Please post up a few pics in this thread when you have some time.