Well guys, I've got some pretty good news - seems that my repairs did the trick
I'm currently posting from my 'master' rig, not the PII system anymore.
I took the risk and tried it out, first just the card and mobo alone, then the ram, then the cpu and I was able to boot up to BIOS and the display worked fine.
I had a couple of false alarms, first I forgot to hook up the PCI-e power connector to the card, so I got this really loud constant shreaking beep from my motherboard that I initially though was a resistor about to explode. Also, I tried to boot up without an HSF on the gpu or cpu (I was too lazy to install them) and I was able to boot up into BIOS but it obviously shut itself once it reached the heat threshold. Then I got a weird CMOS error, that just required me to load up optimized settings and now everything works.
I booted into Windows and stressed the card and it was perfectly stable, so I installed the Accelero S1 + Turbo Module, and boy is it something, my temps dropped and where I only was able to OC my card to a max of 795 I can now hit 820! My temps never go over 40 on load
, it's great! I can't wait to do some vmodding.
As for the cpu, I've lapped the cpu and heatsink, I don't have airflow configured yet, but out of case I'm getting 35 degrees idle with one fan on the hsf, so I'm hoping for good things once I have everything set up.
This the least blurry photo I could get. I'll take better ones once I get my hands on my dad's camera