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Build is used exclusively for Steam as I have modified the only windows 10 user account to use Steam as the shell. I originally had this build in a Silverstone FTZ01 case sitting in the entertainment center, however because the FTZ01 does not have any front intake vents it ran kind of hot. I then moved the case to the floor between the entertainment center and the shelf, again no front vents so it did not cool that well.

I saw the Rosewill Neutron on sale at the egg and it looked like a subwoofer so I thought it might fit in nice sitting on the floor, and since it has front vents it would be able to sit right next to the shelf.

The 140mm fans that come with the Neutron are loud at 12v, however I rewired the molex connectors to 5v and they run pretty quiet at 5v.

I also have 2 arctic f12 co fans in push/pull on the Evo 212.

Overall the Rosewill Neutron is a fantastic case if you can get it for 39 bucks.

UPDATE: I just updated this to a Intel i-3 4170 and a ASROCK B85M Mini Itx.

With zen not being available for awhile I wanted a better upgrade path the the i3 does very well as a steam box. LGA 1150 uses same RAM so I just needed a board and cpu, everything else just plugged in.

The AMD APU and board will be going into a desktop non gaming PC.

Update: the ASRock b85m has a small issue with the Hyper EVO 212, on the back side of the board where the coolers backplate mounts there is a small transistor or similar that is right under one of the backplates mounting pads. I had to use fiber MB stand offs to ensure it did not get crushed and short out the board.

Part Reviews

Case

Fantastic case for the price. Looks kind of like a subwoofer so it fits right into just about any HTPC or gaming setup. Has excellent front to rear air intake with 2 red LED 140mm fans in front and a 140mm in back. The fans are pretty silent if you undervolt them to 5v. You do this by rewiring the molex connectors to use the 5v rail instead of 12.

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  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

The 140mm fans that come with the Neutron are loud at 12v, however I rewired the molex connectors to 5v and they run pretty quiet at 5v.

Oh I believe you! I been recently working on my nephew's 1st PC with this case, for Christmas. That's why I'm getting a 3 way fan splitter. Right now the back fan is 1500 RPM all the time. Not as fancy as your build for your lovely children of course. :)

Thanks for sharing! I'm certain your kids love you for this PC.

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, The kids now fight over who gets to play what on steam LOL, the xbox 360 is rarely used now :-) Just move the pins around on the rear fans molex and it will run at 5v and be near silent. You just need a small flat tip screw driver to remove the leads and move them around:

http://www.silentpcreview.com/article6-page1.html

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

You are welcome. (Oh? Hehe, fighting over Steam. Oh my!) And nice! I appreciate your hyperlink and advice here. I'll have to try it out tonight.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

The 5v trick works great on the front LED fans as well :-)

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh I'm sure it does. I won't be doing that though. I already have them connected to the MOBO. Calibrated the fans' RPM. :)

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice, the motherboard I have only works with the 4 pin PWM fans so I can't hook them to the MB without them running at max speed :-(

The LED fans the case came with are still a bit loud even at 5v so I may replace them at some point maybe with Corsair AF140s.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

One thing I discovered during this build in my attempt at silence was the WD Black HDD is the loudest component in the system. After I under volted the fans and put in the Arctic f12s it still seemed a bit loud. So I started disconnecting one fan at a time to see what was making the most noise.

I got down to just the push fan running on the CPU cooler (GPU fans don't spin at idle) and was still really loud, so I stopped the last CPU fan with my finger for a second and it still sounded like a fan running, turns out it was the 7200RPM WD Black HDD, it idles (platter spinning noise) at around 28 to 32 decibels. I might try a WD blue I have in another PC that just has Linux on it and if that still sounds like a jet a SSD may be in this thing in the future.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build, but I have to ask. Why do you have 16 GB of RAM in there?

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

Some of the components like the RAM and hard drive I had from upgrades of my desktop PC, so instead of selling them I kept them and used in this build.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Does this run Ark Survival Evolved decently im looking to get a gaming pc but not to sure where to start

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, it runs the latest version pretty well. They seem to be optimizing it a bit. If they every release the dx12 version it should be very nice on the r9 380

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, my daughter plays that and it runs good, though that game is not well optimized yet. Still waiting on the DX 12 patch :-) They update it alot and my daughter says the speed changes from update to update.

  • 53 months ago
  • 0 points

Hi! Nice build! I was just curious why you bought an APU...a really high quality APU when you have a really nice dedicated GPU?

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

We bought the APU first just to get up and running, we then found out some of the newer games like Ark Survival evolved did not do well with the APU at all. I figured once directx 12 gets established it allows 2 GPUs to be used in a crossfire like way, then I can enable the APU GPU. It's currently disabled. I do kind of wish I had just got a Athlon X4 860 (which is the same CPU without the GPU)

The other thing was I originally had it in the entertainment center with the APU in a different much smaller form factor case, which got kind of warm, so I figured since it was going to go in the Neutron case I might as well add the discrete GPU.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

read the last paragraph... you might have missed it!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I did! Oops my bad :D

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

My kids and I used the APU only GPU for awhile then decided to later update to the R9. The APU worked pretty good in lego games and most others at medium settings.

This may be the reason as to why.

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha okay thanks mate!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

No worries. :)