EDIT 2: We are now the 39th highest rated build on PCPP and CLIMBING! Thanks to all for the love! If you want to stop by my twitch channel to see if we vibe, feel free to stop by. I do a beer of the night!
EDIT: I'm beyond excited to learn my build was featured by PCPP! Thanks for all the love!
Named after the Imperial Star Destroyer of the same name, The Adjudicator exudes beauty and power without the use of flashy RGB, and by way of a prominent, dominating design feature.
I really wanted to build a "Stormtrooper" PC and this came out perfectly! The goal was to make something beautiful without using RGB, and without using any water elements. I also wanted to build an ITX machine, but still wanted enough room in the case for a beefy air cooler with ample air flow. The NZXT H210i was perfect for my needs, as it fit the best air cooler on the market, the Noctua D15s. The 'S' version ensured better compatibility with the tight quarters of the ITX motherboard components including memory and chipset heatsinks. This CPU cooler became the centerpiece of the entire build. I took full advantage of Noctua's Chromax line of products to include the white heatsink covers (not on PCPP, ~$29) as well as 4 Chromax fans w/ white color accents. I removed all of NZXT's stock case fans. In addition to the white touches of the Chromax line, I also purchased white Antec PSU cable extensions (not on PCPP, ~$35) to keep the white flowing through where cables would be exposed. The 'i' version of the H210 comes with a fan controller that makes up for the lack of fan headers that ITX motherboards can offer, and allows for the customization of independent fan curves for the front case fans and CPU cooler fans. The case also comes with an RGB light strip and controller, but I've turned those off.
By spreading the purchasing of parts over a period of 2 months, I was able to save over $400. A combination of a Micro Center combo deal, Prime Day deals, and manufacturer coupons all helped to piece this together over time. The last piece purchased was the NZXT H210i case, which is a refresh of their H200 series cases, and was released the first week of August 2019. Also contributing to the low price point was the acquisition of the Nvidia RTX 2080 Founder's Edition on the used market. See the full part list for prices paid. Thanks for looking!