Enermax Phoenix Neo Case Review :: System Build

05-29-2009 · Category: Hardware - Cases

By Benjamin Sun
  • Gigabyte HD 4770 video card
  • 2GB Corsair DDR2 800MHz DDR2 memory
  • MSI G31M3-L V2 motherboard
  • WD 36GB HDD
  • Intel Retail heatsink/fan
  • Intel Pentium E5200 Core 2 Duo CPU
  • Thermaltake 450W PurePower RX PSU

Enermax Phoenix Neo Case Review System build

System build

Enermax Phoenix Neo Case Review DVD-ROM install

DVD-ROM install

Enermax Phoenix Neo Case Review HDD rack

HDD rack

Enermax Phoenix Neo Case Review HDD rack empty space

HDD rack empty space


The system build was typical of the mainstream systems on the market today with a low power E5200 CPU, 2GB of DDR2 memory, a Radeon HD 4770 video card, a Thermaltake 450W Cable Management PurePower PSU, and the 36GB WD Raptor HDD being the only item not typical. In any event, installation of the DVD-ROM was easy, remove the front cover slide the drive into place after removing the front face plate.


Enermax Phoenix Neo Case Review Left side installed

Left side installed

Enermax Phoenix Neo Case Review Front installed

Front installed

Enermax Phoenix Neo Case Review Right side installed

Right side installed

Enermax Phoenix Neo Case Review Rear installed

Rear installed


After removing the HDD rack, slide two drive rails onto the HDD side and slide the HDD into place on the rack. After all HDDs are installed slide the rack back into place on the case and screw it in. The same procedure can be done with the FDD rack, simply remove the front face plate of the FDD, slide it into place and lock it in.


Enermax Phoenix Neo Case Review 3/4 installed

3/4 installed

Enermax Phoenix Neo Case Review Powered on

Powered on


Installation of the motherboard was easy even without the removable motherboard tray. Simply follow the standoff placement in the manual to screw in standoffs, insert the Rear IO panel into the hole, and screw the motherboard into place. Note that the PCI Expansion slots each have a flip-up cover that allows you to remove the PCI cover. Installing a PCI device is a simple matter of sliding it into a vacant hole and flipping down the cover. You can also screw it in place if you want added security. Install the PSU, connect everything and install the 120mm fan on the rear and you are done (assuming you installed the CPU onto the motherboard and memory onto the motherboard before mounting it.)