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Cotton Candy Neo

by millergram



Date Published

Dec. 6, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.41 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

14 GHz


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.

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ZedSamCat 3 points 4 months ago


millergram submitter 3 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

I agree. Especially for the price. I think I paid around $75.

ZedSamCat 1 point 4 months ago

Which ones are they?

TheDankKn1ght 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Antec Prism fans

ZedSamCat 1 point 4 months ago


millergram submitter 3 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

They are called the Antec Prizm 120 RGB

ZedSamCat 2 points 4 months ago


TheDankKn1ght 1 Build 2 points 4 months ago

How'd you get that ROG mod onto the case?

millergram submitter 3 Builds 2 points 4 months ago

I took a heat gun to the original EVGA Decal and the Motherboard comes with a variety of stickers. I placed some on the fans and then placed the sticker on the PSU.

TheDankKn1ght 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Nice :] actually now that I am viewing this on my PC I can see that it's a sticker lol. I was browsing on my phone with low brightness and it actually looked RGB, hence why I called it a 'mod'

Great build btw

xamishmanx 1 Build 2 points 4 months ago

Looks great!

GospoGospo 8 Builds 2 points 4 months ago

Yeah, very very nice. You did great with the cables, it came out clean (esp. given the longer PSU). As mentioned on the other post, I wish it was easier to shoot this thing because it seriously looks stunning on my brother's shelf. I personally have an evolv mATX TG and an ATX TG and I think I would take this build over those.

millergram submitter 3 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Thank you appreciate it. I finally got the theme going and loving it. So far, it's a power house. I mainly play GTAV Roleplay, Star Citizen , and No Mans Sky. It plays great.

GioByte 1 point 4 months ago

Can you fit 2 140mm fans in front with your setup?

millergram submitter 3 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Yes, I believe you can.

Gehrig 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Does the graphics card have RGB lighting? If so can it display white? Thx

millergram submitter 3 Builds 2 points 4 months ago

Yes it can and it does

c_clems 1 point 3 months ago

you said this case cant support a 3 slot card? what about the Zotac AMP extreme? pretty sure it’s 2.5 slot

Incend14ry 0 points 4 months ago