I’ve always been of Phanteks line of cases. The most recent build I had was in the Phanteks Shift. I enjoy the challenge when it comes to mini-ITX builds however, in this case… I wanted a larger case for my new mini-ITX build but I didn’t want a whole bunch of unused space. If that makes sense. Anyways, found Phanteks Metallic Gear Line and loved the Metallic Gear Neo Mini. Currently, this time of the build there hasn’t been much reviews on the case itself. I was inspired to do this build by a user on this platform named “GospoGospo”.
Here are some of my thoughts about the parts used.
PSU – Trust me, I know its overkill for this build. This build is around 400W alone and I know I would do better with something smaller. However, this power supply was on sale for $74.99 aside from the regular price of $189.99 on Black Friday. Luckily when I picked It up on Amazon that day the price shot back up to $99 and then the original price. As I thought this was a good pick for my build plus possibly future proofing for other builds in the future. This one is approximately 180mm. According to the case standards. The case can hold up to 190mm in length PSU. If you’re adding a radiator to the case as pictured, it will be tough to screw that fan in being that the 24-pin placing pressure of that fan. I wasn’t able to screw the top left screw into the radiator due to that issue. Hopefully, In the next few weeks I will get a smaller “in length” power supply with custom sleeved cables. But this will do for now.
Case – My thoughts about the case are positive. I’ve seen with little reviews that people complained about the cable management of the case. There are some tie-downs and straps and honestly, I think it’s just enough. Take your time and cable manage as you go, and you will be good. Overall the case looks amazing and it doesn’t look empty.
Case Fans – These surprised me the moment it came on. I bought these for around $80.00 and that’s cheap but they diffuse the light perfectly. It does come with a SATA powered controller, but it was no problem routing a SATA cord to the device itself. I haven’t really dug into the configurations, but I do wish they had some software to change it from the pc itself.
CPU Cooler – Hands down probably one of the better AIO coolers I’ve come across. The simplicity of the water block and logo shows a nice clean look. My ambient temperatures inside my apartment stay kind of warm. My temperatures are pretty normal for a AIO cooler.
EVGA GeForce 2070 and CPU – I didn’t need to go all out on getting the best of the best. The i5 9600k is perfect for my needs. I don’t do any heavy gaming or work with intense applications. Just like the 1070 was perfect before. The 2070 is the same but just as better. It looks amazing. I would have loved to go for the Ultra, but the case was an eliminating factor. It cannot support 3 slot cards.