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BBQ just seemed appropriate.

So, backstory.... my brother expressed interest in VR after using mine. I was thoroughly motivated by this, because he hasn't been able to game in years after a surgery mishap that left his right arm in a stroke-like state. As soon as I found out he could use VR, I went a little crazy and built him a floating desk along with a full VR setup. This is the outcome.

TLDR first, everything is working great, cool, and I loved working in this case despite the challenge.

You could say I'm a PHAN of Phanteks. I do probably 60-70% of my builds in them. Metallic Gear, being Phanteks, seemed like a good choice. The case is great quality, but IT WAS NOT EASY! As you might see in the pics, I did some heavy workarounds with the cables, finding interesting spots to zip tie things to grating and what not.

Also, I tried to pick up a nice little RGB fan set and came across the new Antecs Prizm line. The reason I went with these is solely because it's one of the few cheaper sets that are actually SATA fed, and run off of a single hub. It actually is a nice little kit, and the LEDs look better than they do in the pics. The fans are a little more audible than I'd like, but I expected that.

Quick note on the FOCUS PLAT+ line. I had to go with this because of the 140mm length; however, the cables have MASSIVE(!) inline caps that make them extremely hard to work with. The cable management isn't exactly what I wanted here, but I didn't have a lot of options considering the 24 pin inline caps were nearly the width of the case. I'm not sure why Seasonic went so crazy here, but it definitely was a complication.

Overall, very happy. He jumped right in as of the day of posting this, and I can't wait to meet up with him in VR.

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  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 man I wish I could like this 100times. Super sexy rig and I hope your bro likes it! That's amazing!

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Hah, just realized I commented from my throwaway CL parts list account. Thanks! he's quite happy and just waiting for the holidays so we have more time.

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  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Have been waiting for a build like this in the metallic gear case, while I have you do you think it's possible to fit duel 120mm AIO rads where you have the 240 rad? I really do like the case, Phantastic build +1

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Tricky question - looking to do a CPU 120 and a hybrid GPU?

I don't think you could do it in the Mini. There's a slight chance that you could do it in the Mini G, where the GPU is vert mounted, and you would still have to invert the 2nd radiator, stuff the lines, and let the rad overhang. Check my rear-view cable management picture, you can see where the mounting cuts off and this build is maxed out right now.

That all said, still plenty of options. You could use the rear for one 120 and front/side for others of course. I should also note that it probably wouldn't work to attempt front+side radiators (as you can see, there is overlap on my 140mm intake fans, and they center to go to 120 instead of offsetting to the glass.

Regardless, I do highly recommend the case, despite the extra time in cable management. I wouldn't worry much about temps for an air-cooled card, the open grating seems to do a great job at letting the GPU breathe.

Thanks! Good luck on the build!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the detail ed response, and your right I don't think two aio's would squeeze in there as far as physically mounting it, spose I could use a 240 for CPU and a 120 at the back for gpu and 2 140mm at the front. I actually prefer this case to the vertical mounted one with the tempered glass on the front. Still awesome, and a really nice gift for you bro.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

I really like the case, nice cable management and good job on the build!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful build! I've had the same idea for my next build but I was hoping someone with a similar idea would post one first so I could get more information.

Can you tell of there is room for push/pull exiting out the side or will the radiator contact the GPU? Also, do you think there is enough room for a ~2.5 slot GPU, like the ROG strix 1080 ti?

Your answers are highly valued!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

It's very possible that the radiator would be touching the backplate if the margins are different. When I'm there this week, I'll check it out. It's likely you could do it though - my concern was that the GPU would be touching the bottom part of the radiator, but it JUST cleared under it in this setup.

I would not try a 2.5 slot unless you don't have all the fan cables I did, and plan to route your PCIE power on top or in front of the card. Even then, it would be very close. I will measure to let you know how much space I've got to the case, but when you look at my pics, some of those cables are strapped hard to the aluminum and still very close to touching the GPU. My comment on cables is important here because I really hard to push the limits of cable management short of ordering custom PSU cables here. Most of the routing done underneath the card was solely because the back panel was already maxed out. There isn't much room back there for anything.

Anyhow, I'll get back to you as soon as I have more concrete answers!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

...room for push/pull exiting out the side You definitely couldn't do push / pull on the side in this case. The only way I can see would be to mount the aio radiator on the front and use slim fans if you were set on going with a push / pull config. I wouldn't recommend it though.

enough room for a ~2.5 slot GPU You'll have enough clearance for a 2.5 slot thick gpu but watch the length of the card. 3 fan cards like the 1080ti might not fit if you have an aio on the front. As GospoGospo mentioned, this case doesn't leave much room for cable routing so you need to be on point with that too.

Have a look at my build It's a different setup in the same case, might give you an idea of how things fit in different orientations.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Thumbs up! Man you are brilliant. The EVGA CPU Cooler is a nice choice! You managed to put it on the side of the case.

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

How are you liking those Antec Prizm Fans? Are they fine? Do you wish you went with another set? I also see that you have sleeved cables off to the side. You weren't able to fit them? Were they extensions?

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

LEDs are great, air movement is decent, noise is sub-par. They're actually kind of loud, but still happy with the decision.

The sleeved cables are the standard set on the Focus+, but they have massive in-cable caps that force you to do some makeshift stuff in this case. They're so long that you can't just run straight connections to the places that you want.

Edit: never mind, I think you're talking about the white cables in the build pic - those are for a different build.

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build man! Really interested in getting this case, you think I could side mount a 240 rad with noctua slim fans and be able to fit 2 140mm fans in the front?

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! 240mm rad definitely fits on the side with 140mm in the front, that's what this is. You don't necessarily need slims, what you see in this build is a full 25mm. The 140mm fans just get slightly overlapped.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

wow whoops sorry I missed that in your parts list thanks for the reply!!

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Really enjoyed this build. I was scouring the pcpartpicker page for a good build in the Metallic Gear Neo Mini case and found your build. The choice of fans for the price was great. It diffused the colors perfectly.

I went ahead and went off your parts list. The only thing I didn't get was the PSU, GPU, and SSD. I went with the EVGA 1000 G+ (which is totally overkill, but I got for $75 on amazon during Black Friday and Cyber Monday). Instead of the 1080 I went ahead and purchased the 2070 and did a western digital 500gb m.2

The build looks a lot better in person. Thank you for this!

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

@gospogospo here is the link to mine.

https://pcpartpicker.com/b/KDFtt6

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! Yeah, hard to capture how cool this really looks on camera. Surprised you got the G+ squeezed in there. Gonna go check yours out now.

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

How do you like this motherboard? It looks very good!

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Love it actually, back to ASUS quality. Though, as you can see, I didn't do NVME. I had the z270i and did go NVME, but the problem is, the m.2 sits right on top of the PCH, which led to some pretty bad temps.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Sweet revenge on the doctor...

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Turned out amazing! Now what are your plans?!? I bet I know. . .

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi and congratulations for the build!!! I wanted to ask you: what is the size of the GPU to prevent it from touching the radiator? Thanks a lot for the answer!