[section_title title=”Closer Look – Installation”]Closer Look – Installation

The first time around installing everything in the case I had run in to a couple of problems. While my hopes for a pain-free installation were not to high due to the price it still is saddening when you run into such issues. Once everything was installed and ready to go it looks good but getting there wasn’t the easiest.


It seems all the problems were based on the lack of cable management this case offers, while this is fine for the price it still needs to be mentioned. As you can see in the photos I used a Corsair H80i for my cooler as this is what we here at Play3r will be using as a cooler for all our case reviews to come when possible. Issue number one was the fact that once the H80i was installed I could not plug the 8-pin CPU power connector from the PSU into the motherboard, I just could not reach it. Problem two was the fact that due to the case not being tall enough to have a cutout above said 8-pin connector I had to route it across my motherboard and eventually behind the GPU. Also, once the H80i radiator was installed onto the back of the case I could not reach two of the thumb screws needed to put the pump/baseplate on the CPU so I had to remove one of the fans to do this. While this was enough to catch the first time around still wanted to mention. It is also worth mentioning that due to the lack of space for cable management in the back I had a hard time getting the back panel on.

While this may seem like a bit of a hassle and a moan fest the Neos is priced appropriately at £30 and at the end of the day can’t expect it to offer everything, just need to mention it all. Taking a closer look at the H80i once installed and you can see it is definitely a tight squeeze getting in there but looks nice once installed.


One other thing to look at is all the cables once everything is installed. I do not have a modular PSU so there are more cables here then most will have but there is really no where to properly hide them from being seen if looking close enough.


After all is said and done, the Neos was a bit of a pain to build in but when remembering the price you get what you pay for and in this case it is a BitFenix case that, once everything is installed, looks quite nice.

Adding a bit of flair by the way of BitFenix Alchemy LEDs and Spectre fans also greatly helps the overall look and feel of the case once all is said and done.

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