Well, got past that (I think).
Some new (easier?) questions:
1. My fear has come true. The fan part of the HSF for my Scythe Ninja hits my 25cm case fan once the case fan panel is put back on. (Looking at the case from the front) I can attach the fan from the bottom side (instead of the front side, which would blow air directly towards rear fan for exhaust), BUT this would cause the fan to almost rest right on top of the Intel 975X (which I believe is the northbridge?) Is this bad if it does? I can make it fit but will just use passive cooling + included ASUS baby fan if need be.
2. Front audio connections are a pain! ASUS did not include a 10-1 pin audio connector for mic and headphone jumpers so I have to manually insert each one... where can I pick up a 10-1 audio port? Google'ed the heck out of it and came up empty handed.
-Process was a little more difficult than I thought: delicate pieces and sometimes more-than-seemingly-approriate-force required makes me very nervous.
-The Scythe Ninja is a ****in' beast.
-The 7950GX2 is a ****in' beast too.
-I hope this thing actually works once I'm done assembling