Assemble/test the mobo/cpu/ram/psu/gpu outside the case to make sure they work.
Thanks for all the advice guys, I appreciate it. I did go and buy the static strap today, though I've always gotten by without it before, I've more money than usual in this one, plus it's my first actual motherboard install. Also got some nice round cables for everything, and 120mm antec intake fan to go along with the 120 exhaust that comes with the antec case. Praying that's more than enough.
Usacomp, do you mean to assemble everything on the board, outside of the case, plug in the power, and test how? No test equipment here I'm afraid.