For the non game of thrones fans: Valar morghulis is a sort of honor phrase often said in the GOT worlds. It translates to "All Men Must Die". This theme was inspired by the House of Black and White and the Faceless Men. The logo on the front-bottom-right is a silhouette i created from the coin Aria gave the faceless man. The silhouette in the back is one i created from an image of Jaqen H'ghar. I thought it would be funny to put a Paul's Hardware t-shirt on him.
As far as the build process:
My last build (https://pcpartpicker.com/b/zNTBD3) had been sitting around with a bad motherboard for months. I finally decided to do a quick weekend project to get it off the floor.
I made the 2 1/2 hour drive to Fry's Electronics in Renton WA only to find that it wasn't the same place it used to be.
I needed a new graphics card since i didn't originally intend to do a custom loop and couldn't find the fans for my 1080 but all they had in stock was 1070's and below. My target gaming range is +60 FPS on at least very high quality on a 3440 x 1449 monitor so a 1070 would be less than ideal.
They didn't have a single Z270 board or anything that would run an i7 7700K for that matter, their case inventory was slim and they only had 1 AIO type in stock (Enermax).
I wasn't going to make a 5 hour round trip and not get a computer built out of it so after a few hours of walking around, reading reviews and visiting PCPP on my phone I decided this case and motherboard would make a good looking stock combo. I added the enermax AIO to my cart went to the counter to get an I7 8700k only to find -big shock- they didn't have any in stock.
Now I might not be the first person and probably not the last to grudge buy a CPU but that's pretty much what i did with this CPU. I did get a good deal on it though. I was bound and determined to build a computer that weekend.
And that's what i did. The next morning i woke up, borrowed the 1080ti from what is now my back up build, ordered a 2080 from amazon and created what was a fairly nice stock build.
My 2080 came in two days later and i was happy. Then the mod bug started nibbling away.
I started noticing how much the stock cables stuck out. I didn't feel like burning my fingers off for hours making my own for a quick build so I ordered some from someone else.
Then- That back plate didn't look quite right in this build so I though i'd make a custom one Then- As long as i'm making a back plate, i might as well make a PSU shroud cover to add a bit more white to the build Then- The Emermax AIO was performing just fine but seemed a waste to have an EK CPU Block, several EK Rads, an Alphacool D5 PWM pump and all those fittings just laying around, might as well do a loop for the CPU Then- It seemed dumb to do a loop just for the CPU so I might as well order a block for the RTX 2080 Then- The USB 3.0 header on the flagship NZXT MoBo is in the worst possible place when mounting into the flagship NZXT case (you can see in the before and after pic) so out came the dremell
Then-Then-Then It just kept building up until 6 weekends later, my "quick weekend project" was done.
This is a very good looking MoBo. The armor snaps in and out so you can easily remove and add your own custom paint job. 3 USB 2.0 headers and a USB 3.0 front header. No type c though :(. More Fan headers then you will likely ever need. One reviewer said he had a hard time screwing the board to the case with the armor on. I'm not sure why he didn't just remove the armor to screw it down. It also features 2 RGB headers that can power 4 strips and 5 RGB fans. The BIOS on this board is not very good and it's very pricey for the funcionality. If you are looking for a board for a custom build and willing to sacrifice on an easy to follow BIOS this is the board for you.
This is a good case if you want something that looks nice out of the box. Cable management potential is above average but this isn't an ideal case for water cooling. I could only fit a slim 360 up top and would have had a hard time putting a Rad with fans in the front and still have room for the pump/res etc. As you can see from my build, water cooling is doable in this case but there are better cases if that is your goal.
The biggest complaint i have with this case is when pairing it with the NZXT motherboard the placement of the 3.0 USB header is in a terrible place for cable management. I had to cut into the case to get the Front Panel header to fit right without it laying across the PSU shroud awkwardly. You can see it in one of the before/after pics on my build.