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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.