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Playstation What? Xbox One Who? this is the bigger and badder boy right here!

So this is my very first PC build. I haven't gamed on a PC since high school when I had an old HP Pavilion a1610n. All I did then was upgrade the RAM to 2GB and swapped in a XFX Radeon HD 4770. But the PC broke long ago and I have been on consoles ever since. Well here I am now, graduated college, new job, steady income, I felt it was time to finally get back into PC gaming.

I'm a big fan of gaming on the couch (since I've been so used to consoles) so when I was planning and researching this build, I immediately knew I wanted an ITX form factor. The small size mixed with Steam Big Picture mode won me over. That's how I found the Dr. Zaber Sentry and instantly fell in love with it. It took about 8 month before I got it. Everything else came from Black Friday sales, or me getting impatient haha.

I don't use this for anything except gaming and Kodi, Hence why it's in my living room. I wanted to recreate the console experience but using a much better platform. And so far, this s**t is bananas! It's so crazy to see games that I used to play on PS3 and PS4 that ran at 30fps, finally running at 60fps.

Right now I only have a 32in 1080p TV to game on, but I plan to move up to a 4K TV soon. Also, I'm still new to custom PCs so forgive me for not having benchmarks or temps yet. I'm still learning things as I go along. I'll keep this post updated with new pics and info as I figure more stuff out.

Update 11-27-2017: I tried messing with the RAM in the BIOS. Loaded the XMP Profile and tried to run 3200MHz but could not get the computer to boot properly. I was able to get it to 2933MHz however.

Update 12-15-2017: After updating to the lates BIOS, I was able to get my ram to 3066MHz 14-14-14-34. Not the rated 3200, but whatever, I'm content. Also, I switched to an Xbox One controller for it's native support in Windows.

Update 3-13-2018: So the motherboard started having issues with Bluetooth and I had to RMA it. Just go the new one back and so far so good. ASRock also updated to the latest bios for me and I can now run the RAM at it's rated speed with no issues.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

This fan is dead silent. I had to check to make sure I didn't forget to connect it when I first ran the PC. My Ryzen 5 1600 is at stock clocks and I've never see it go over 64C when gaming. Highly recommend for any slim builds.

Power Supply

I swear I have never heard the fans on this thing at all. It's so freaking quiet

The only con I had were the cables were kinda stiff, making it a slight hassle building in my tiny case.

Keyboard

UPDATE 3-13-2018: I have to dock a star off this keyboard. I am on my third one due to the USB receiver going bad. The receivers would not stay connected no matter what port I tried. This happened with both the initial one and the replacement from Best Buy.

I didn't dock two stars because Logitech's support answered quick and didn't give me any hassle replacing it. I would recommend this keyboard if you can find it on sale, but if the third keyboard does the same thing, I'll have to come back and say stay away from it.

Original

So far I'm loving this keyboard. It's simple and easy to set up. I've never used a mechanical keyboard before but I like the way this feels. And you get the choice of using the LIGHTSPEED connection (the best) or Bluetooth. Definitely highly recommend, especially if you're a couch gamer like me.

Mouse

Sweet mouse! It's extremely responsive and I love the simple design. The RGB is subtle and not ridiculous looking. I only wish the battery lasted longer.

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Comments

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Dope

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!!

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build and setup, liking it

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!!

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks awesome man!

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Love this case! I can't wait to get my Sentry up and running. Just waiting for GPU prices to go down :(

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! It really is an awesome case! What color did you go with?

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

I went with Black too, since it's gonna sit under my TV with the rest of my A/V gear. Believe it or not, I still don't have all the parts, so yet to actually finish my build. Soon!

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

To your XMP issues, did you update to the latest version of your BIOS? Generally goes, the newer the AGESA version, the wider the XMP RAM support.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, apparently just put up a new version yesterday, I'll update it after work and see what happens.

Currently I am on the latest one that they had available at the time.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright so after updating to the latest BIOS, I tried 3200 again, and the computer still could not boot and just defaulted back to 2400. However, it's now running fine at 3066.

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

More AGESA updates will progressively make this better. Just keep updating it.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm happy to report that with the latest BIOS update, I finally got the RAM at it's advertised speed with no issues.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the same cooler and mother board but seem to be having issues with making them fit. Am I missing a conversion kit or something?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Firstly, you do have the AM4 specific version yes? (That is the L9a-AM4, not the L9i.) If not, you will have to request a special bracket from Noctua.

If you do, did you remove the plastic brackets and bottom plate from the motherboard and use the new Noctua mounting plate?

I updated my parts list to show the correct cooler I have.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

It sucks that it is literally impossible to get your hands on one unless you're fine with spending $300+ on a used case.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for how it looks, and the case

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  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!!

Also are you asking about the R5 1600 bottlenecking the GPU?

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  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

TBH, not in a way that I can tell. Since I'm gaming on a 1080p TV for now, I keep my FPS locked at 60 with V-sync. So far, it has never dropped below that.

Edit: Oh I forgot, I did use Afterburner while playing Overwatch maxed out. The GPU was at 60-70% while the CPU never got above 20% if that means anything.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

No, it likely won't. PCPartPicker themselves have a build guide using a 1600 and a 1080.