Description

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!

For those interested, I also live streamed the build on my Twitch channel.

Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 5 points

Man this is sweet. Great Job!

  • 2 months ago
  • 5 points

You definitely hit the nail on the head with your goals and the outcome of this build. I can't think of a recent build that comes even close to being this clean and defined. Absolutely love it definitely a +1

  • 2 months ago
  • 3 points

Thank you very much!

  • 2 months ago
  • 4 points

what a beauty! +1 for non-rgb build!

what is your cpu and gpu temps?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! CPU and GPU both idle UNDER 30c. I've never seen the CPU hit 60c yet. The GPU is a different story. The FE gets loud, too, otherwise the system is practically silent. The GPU gets up to 84c under stress testing so I've had to work with my fan curves to ensure those fans ramp up appropriately.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you for the answers. yes, new gpu's have higher temps. I have 2080 Duke OC in my H200i and max temps are ~75C in some AAA gaming on 3440x1440p @100Hz with 75% fan curve.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Set the fans to make the case work with negative pressure instead (put the fans to exhaust rather than intake - I will be trying to fit slim noctua fan on the top as well, but so far cannot confirm if it is possible)... that was tested few times before and should improve your GPU temps. I am build almost same thing now (with 2070 Super FE), but still waiting for few things to arrive, but as this will be my first build in more than 20 years, I am over-analyzing everything so supposedly have seen everything regarding that case already ;)

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

you can have a look at this build with some ideas about dealing with the GPU temps https://pcpartpicker.com/b/hPNQzy and it also actually has that 15mm slim fan on top that I've mentioned in my other comment

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

great white and black build :-D. Try adding some exhaust fans on the top and back and this should improve your gpu temps. its good that you went with an SF psu, so your gpu is able get some fresh air from the bottom of the case. For me i went with a normal size psu, so i had the same issue with air cooled gpus and i solved it by getting an evga hybrid gpu. now the pc is just dead silent.

  • 2 months ago
  • 3 points

This is one of the best builds I have seen, hope it gets featured

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much for the kind words!

  • 2 months ago
  • 3 points

This is NSFW lol. Beautiful man!

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Hardware Canucks would be proud. (I noticed the plants)

The composition of the photos + the black and white theme for the build makes this worth a feature.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh my gosh thank you! Hopefully the powers that be feel the same way, thanks again for the kind words!

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Looking good boiiiieee !

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

This is awesome dude. So clean, so dope. Are there any changes or recommendations you would make if someone was trying to do a simple build in this case? I am not necessarily interested specifically in the color scheme but love the simple clean look.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

The main challenge is working with an ITX case and motherboard. Take into consideration where you have to plug things in before you secure the motherboard down. The 8-pin power to the motherboard in the top left corner, for example, would have been much easier to place with the motherboard out of the case first. Pre-planning cables is a must!

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I really dig the professional, sleek look of this build. Looks very good without all of the excessive RGB or bling. I like the name as well. :)

+1

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Lack of USB Gen 2 is a bummer on this MB, however I have came up with a solution that I will be trying to use in my build. I've ordered an Delock Converter M.2 Key B+M male to 1 x internal USB 3.1 Gen 2 key A 20 pin female with intention to use is in the back M.2 port.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah that is the one thing I really wish was there, especially since the case has a USB C port on the front io. That little card is very interesting, though! Might be something I add down the line.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

In case you were thinking of that card I've mentioned... it seems it is not so easy after all as there is no space to fit the front USB Type C cable plug behind the motherboard. I will be getting an M.2 riser to make it workable, but that it means adding the support for that USB Type-C will cost more than I've paid for the case 🤣

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

That's a bummer to know!

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

What an excellent looking build. Really love everything about this. Water cooling builds are great and all, but I'm always impressed by a well thought out and good looking standard build like this. It looks incredibly clean and professional. Deserves a feature.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I think so, too! ;)

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Great job in stretching your budget! Impressive what you managed to get, both in performance and aesthetics. While I recently built an overkill RGB system, my next planned build is very similar to what you've got: all air and no RGB. I'm a bit torn between be quiet and Noctua, but I have at least a couple of years to figure it out. This is some pretty great inspiration and a great showing for Noctua though. Thanks for sharing and congrats on your build!

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Very Very Good Looking, Congratulations

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much!

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Gosh I love clean black and white builds and this is definitely one of my favorites. I also love how full the system is inside, it's like step further than normal simple builds. +1!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the kind words!

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

This is the modern PC. It is beautiful. Amazing Work!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, it was a ton of fun to build!

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Clean, minimalist and beautiful set up, great job bro!!

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

This is amazing. Just goes to show what you can do without RGB

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Congrats on the feature! You made it into my Hall of Fame list (see my profile)

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

(late to replying)

So when I posted this I tweeted at PCPP hoping for a feature. I didn't get featured until 2 weeks after I posted and I missed it! I'm simultaneously stoked and sad about it... because I missed it! AHHHH! Why doesn't PCPP email me about that?!

But thank you for your kind words, and for including me in your HoF!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

You very welcome! I frequently visit this site and I'm blown away by the rigs other PC enthusiasts build. Once in a while a certain build catches my eye. I read the description, gaze at the photos and provide my comments and feedback. There were so many builds that I personally liked that I had to make a curated list which later turned into my Hall of Fame! Your build is so memorable that it was worthy of the list!

I'm hoping to one day build my first PC and I get inspiration from the builds posted on this site. Once the funds and the time is available, I will go about accomplishing it and will soon join the ranks of the PC Master race!!

Best regards, Frank

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Goodness gracious This right here is one of the best builds I have seen +1.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Thank you so much!

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I really love this. May just copy it, except I'm OK with accent lighting with white lighting on this and would actually like to see it with a liquid cooled CPU. Awesome work on this! You nailed your goal!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I actually do turn on the white LED strip in the case on occasion. It's a tasteful addition. I have deactivated the GPU LED's and the motherboard ones permanently though. The case light adds a different element to the build's posture, if that makes sense.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Damn aesthetic! +1 for a stunningly clean build

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

this is the cleanest build i've ever seen WOW

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Strikingly attractive build !

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

The pristine aesthetic of this build immediately reminded me of the simplicity of this one (https://pcpartpicker.com/b/V8Bbt6), but I didn't feel like I needed a shower after reading the intro.

Great work :praise:

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! And yeah, there the builder in the link you posted definitely had better ways available to him to express his opinions lol

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

After seeing this, I may throw my RGB part list for my future rig to replace my Xbox and build this... Top notch build mate. I love how the cooler fills out so much of the case.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

It always feels good knowing others are using my build for inspiration, thank you for the kind words!

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

How much room is there between the heatsink covers and the glass panel?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I've been wondering how I was gonna set up my next build. I think I might do it similar to this. Build looks awesome. How are your temps?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey I'm looking to do a similar build except with my Ryzen 7 2700x and RTX 2060. Is there anyway you could provide me with links to that cpu cooler that you have? I'm trying to find the white version. Thanks and sick build

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Search "noctua chromax heatsink cover" ;)

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

The cooler comes with stock noctua color NF-A15. He bought 2 NF-A15 "CHROMAX" fans - which are the black versions. https://noctua.at/en/products/fan

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the assist :D

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I also bought fans to go with it, see the part list for the A15s.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Wonderful looking case. Might I know what psu cables you used? About to build in this case and I'd like to avoid ending up with too short cables.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I'm a bit late getting back to you, but I used the Antec white extensions in this build.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey I know this will sound like a strange request, but if you can. Can you let me know by how many millimeters the end of the NH-D15S hangs over the top end of the motherboard?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Good god that is so clean.. +1

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

You get your 2080 for $510.00?! That's really good. Love you build! Super clean!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I found it used so it was a no brainer! At the time I bought it, it was the same as a reference 2070 super so I did ok!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Show the pics of your setup bro Nice build +1

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Clean... The devs were right to feature this one.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

How loud is the entire thing when gaming/streaming?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Honestly I use EVGA X1 to customize the fan curves, and I downclock the card just a bit to make sure it doesn't get loud. The ONLY loud part would be the GPU.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

nice

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point
  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I bought the card used at a great price, which is why I don't have that white card in there!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

for those of us who aren't that rich :< https://pcpartpicker.com/user/End_GamER/saved/YntBZL

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

How does the ram fit though

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I have this same case and cooler! It's right underneath the CPU cooler, which covers the entire motherboard. Most RAM works, as long as the heat spreaders aren't taller than normal.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

The RAM fits perfectly because I used the D15S (the 's' denotes that it has extra clearance for things like RAM).

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha this is awesome! NH-D15 & NXZT H200/H210 masterrace. It's a ***** to install but awsome looking at the end.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I love this so much omg

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

nice

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, apart from this PC being like one of the most beatiful Ive ever seen, I have a little technical question. Does the X570 from gigabyte feature a usb-c internal header? Or how did you connected the front panel usb-c? Appreciate answers and wish you good time with your computer.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

No, the motherboard used does not include a USB-C header. It's about the only downer of the motherboard. As a result, my usb-c front panel is not connected. However, I do know of a m.2 board that is made specifically to provide a usb-c header. That would be the solution here for this motherboard, as you could easily install that into the rear m.2 slot on the backside of the motherboard!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello! Beautiful build! I am planning to build something very similar to your PC spec-wise, but using the Kraken X52 as the cooler. But I like how you used the Noctua D15S. I have the H200 case (older version) that does not have the RBG/FAN Controller.

Will I have trouble copying your build? What would I be missing that I need to purchase?

Thank you in advance!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I think the only thing you would want to consider would be possibly reversing the air flow to go back to front, and putting your radiator at the front pushing out the front. You might consider getting a y-split for the rear and top fans to plug into a single power source, or some 3-pin to sata/molex adapters for power. ITX motherboards, as you know, lack in the fan header department.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Nice build man, how is the temps on gaming?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I'm about to do this build. One question I have is, is there enough space above and behind the cpu cooler for some noctua A14 fans (25mm width)??

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

There is room at the TOP of the case for a slim fan, I just hadn't thought of that before the build and only noticed after I got everything in that a slim one would have actually fit OK. The issue would be, with a slim fan there, installation of the heatsink and the fans for that would have been 10x worse, and it was already pretty damn difficult.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Man.. I'm really wanting to do the exact same build it's insane! I do have 2 questions: 1. Would you imagine the cooling being sufficient at the back end of the case, as there is no fan that have direct contact with the rear end? From the pictures I don't imagine there being space for a small fan either, but I was just curious since that's what I've seen people do the with the older H200i. 2. Have you done anything to improve the GPU temps? Noticed you went for an SFX PSU as well, but have added a fan under the shroud and noticed any difference? - Thanks in advance!

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Cooling at the back is sufficient. I fans I chose move enough air through the back without a fan actually having to be there. You're suspicion is correct, there is no room for a rear fan with my setup. There is, however, room for a slim fan at the top should you want that.

I also have not added a fan to the bottom but I am considering it in the future!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Oh and do you think the PSU cables would reach without the extensions?

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Im building almost everything the same except the motherboard and my psu cables do not reach. As the connectors for the psu are further in due to it being face down, I need about 3cm more from the 24pin and CPU cable which I cannot get. If you were to use an atx psu, I think it would possibly resolve the issue.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Non rgb still looks really clean

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build. I’m gonna grab some plants for my next pics

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Did you have to do anything to prevent the gpu from sagging or did it not sag at all to begin with?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

No sag thankfully!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Under a heavy load, do you know how loud the fans get?

Wicked build too, you've inspired my next one.

  • 21 days ago
  • 1 point

I think this build looks awesome, I would be slightly worried about GPU cooling though.

EDIT: tried to view the stream and it says it doesn't exist.

  • 20 days ago
  • 1 point

Ah bummer! Must have been older than a month old and I forgot to save it! Thanks for saying something I'll take the link down.

Yes GPU cooling could be an issue, especially with my cooler. Any other better cooler will be fine though. I got to 83c during stress test. Only up to about 76c while gaming so it does ok so far!

  • 7 days ago
  • 1 point

great looks

  • 6 days ago
  • 1 point

Hi there,

I'm currently doing this build myself. I'm pretty much identical with the same mobo, cpu, cooler, and case. My question is how you got the top left screw for the motherboard on. I installed the Noctua cooler on the mobo outside of the case. I then proceeded to install the mobo with cooler as one unit together into the case. That last screw is impossible for me. I was wondering how you did it.

Thanks for your time.

  • 1 day ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the delay, you likely figured it out by now. I put the Mobo in the case first. Last thing I did was attach the cooler.

  • 5 days ago
  • 1 point

How is the cooler clearance with the chipset fan over the m.2 slot? i was thinking of getting this same cooler but i have an ASUS ROG b450-i and i dont know if the cooler has enough clearance with the m.2 slot/soundcard combo

  • 1 day ago
  • 1 point

I had no clearance issues at all.

  • 12 hours ago
  • 1 point

Would you be able to describe how you installed the n15? Did you install it outside of the case? If so, how did you get to the top left standoff screw? If you installed it after the motherboard was in the case, how did you get the fans mounted. Thanks.

  • 2 months ago
  • 0 points

Y'all do realize bitwit built this bad boy?