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    SENTRY: Console-sized gaming PC case project

    Hello Sentry friends! I am reviving this as a proud Sentry 1.0 owner. Can anyone give me some recommendations for a travel monitor that would go along with a Sentry, as well as a carry-on friendly bag that could house both items + a travel keyboard and mouse? I am going to re-locate to a new...
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    SENTRY: Console-sized gaming PC case project

    So I can't open my Sentry anymore. For some reason, after a few weeks of usage the screws were almost impossible to unscrew. I was careful, but the attached key destroyed the head of one screw (they are VERY soft) after just one attempt of unscrewing it - great. What do I do now? Should I just...
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    SENTRY: Console-sized gaming PC case project

    Reading those comments makes me wonder how cool it must be for the Zaber guys that the fruit of their passion, the Sentry, is used all across the world and constantly travels, and is even sailing :) Glad to see that everyone is enjoying - I am too! I was supposed to post pics of the build, but...
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    SENTRY: Console-sized gaming PC case project

    Thanks for the interest! I managed to find the problem - I made the stupid mistake (tired as hell today) of connecting the wrong 8pin cable to the CPU. I used the PCI-E one instead, lol, because the ones from cable mod are very similar. The build is finished now and I just need to install a...
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    SENTRY: Console-sized gaming PC case project

    I had Ryzen parts lying around since the summer and finally assembled my Sentry. The build is finished - it's not working. Not even booting up. I have to take everything apart and start from scratch. Feel like crying, lol.
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    SENTRY: Console-sized gaming PC case project

    Can anyone tell me if the Noctua AM4 mounting kit comes with a backplate? Context: I was wondering whether this kit would be a good source for at least the backplate to use with the T318. Would be one part less to have to craft.
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    SENTRY: Console-sized gaming PC case project

    So I finally ordered all the stuff for the Sentry build. Final part list: Corsair SF600 (taken from old PC) with CableMod cables (hopefully the lengths will work in the Sentry... need to test it) Ryzen 7 1700 (picking up tomorrow) Dynatron T318 + Noctua NF-A9x14 (picking up tomorrow) ASRock...
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    SENTRY: Console-sized gaming PC case project

    Open air, high TDP cards like these are not recommended. It will most likely throttle and lower down the clocks. An open air structure is normally an advantage in bigger, well ventilated cases, but it's a disadvantage in the Sentry due to the very limited air flow. If you insist on a 1080ti...
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    SENTRY: Console-sized gaming PC case project

    For all the fellow Sentry lovers based in Poland - the ASRock AM4 ITX boards are here!!! https://www.morele.net/plyta-glowna-asrock-ab350-gaming-itx-ac-b350-sata3-ddr4-usb3-0-mitx-90-mxb5p0-a0uayz-1413827/...
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    SENTRY: Console-sized gaming PC case project

    The main problem is that you have 3 fans that draw cool air which then turns into hot air that's distributed all around the GPU chamber increasing the ambient temperature inside of it. There's not enough air circulation in there to get rid of it effectively. This is why a blower card is superior...
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    SENTRY: Console-sized gaming PC case project

    Get a blower-style cooled 1080, either the Founder's Edition or one of the iterations of those. They are the recommended type of card for the Sentry, because: 1) they blow out all the hot air outside of the case 2) they are quite efficient by usually employing a vapor chamber 3) there is not...
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    Help building a powerful small factor computer for heavy programming

    Can you explain what a 'low-end AMD Ryzen' is compared to a high-end one, and why the released mITX boards (including the X370 based ASRock one) are not suited for those?
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    LP/SFF Cooler mounting adaptors for AM4

    Hey SaperPL, did you have a chance to test the T318 some more? I remember in the Sentry topic you were toying with the idea of making AM4 brackets for the T318, is this something you are at all interested in doing anymore? Thanks for the updates so far, great stuff!
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    SENTRY: Console-sized gaming PC case project

    The 250D is 28 liters... hardly a SFF case anymore. For a cube the best one is probably the Sugo SG13 at 10.6L. I got one, after a lot of consideration, and there's no other cube of this size that works as well.
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    SENTRY: Console-sized gaming PC case project

    From ZABER's site: Memory Compatibility: Standard profile DIMM modules Max 31.4mm tall pcb/34mm with heatspreaders Tall modules will obstruct 2.5" drive bracket It should fit, but you won't be able to user the drive bracket. You can check the positioning on this photo:
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    ASRock X370 Gaming ITX/ac

    Well, its only been barely available in the US, right? Probably some reviews will start rolling in soon with increased availability.
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    SENTRY: Console-sized gaming PC case project

    Great! They're starting to arrive :) I was tempted to buy one, but I'll wait for the Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming-ITX/ac which I prefer mainly because of the USB type C. Although it doesn't have USB 3.1 - bah... Overclock3d mentioned in their GB review that the VRMs get quite hot, almost to the point...
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    SENTRY: Console-sized gaming PC case project

    It wasn't thoroughly tested in the Sentry, but I believe SaperPL already has it operating and his initial report sounded good. He'll probably follow-up on that soon. You'll need to make yourself a custom bracket though.
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    SENTRY: Console-sized gaming PC case project

    Those are probably people that bought 2 during the fund raiser in hopes to make some quick cash later. It's not worth it to support that IMO. If you go to the official ZABER site, their timeline for estimated retail says September, which isn't that bad. Even if that gets delayed, it's probably...
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    Netzon: Netcase, a console style aluminum case

    So this is basically a Sentry made from less durable materials and with more vent holes?
  21. K

    SENTRY: Console-sized gaming PC case project

    I don't think it's that uncommon. From my experience being in the States (around a year, collectively) the postal/courier services there are pretty abysmal in comparison to what I've experienced in Europe, lol. Kinda like the quality of internet.
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    SENTRY: Console-sized gaming PC case project

    Here's a photo from the swap I made on a Z170 board. It's probably the same everywhere. /EDIT For all of you folks based in Poland - I got a response from GB. Translation for others that might be interested - it's supposed to be available within 2 weeks. That probably means that...
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    SENTRY: Console-sized gaming PC case project

    Impressive setup! Please share some info how the K129 is faring, I wonder how it's gonna compare to the T318. I know what you mean by working from home - I work 100% remotely ;) I mostly have a laptop for that, but for the work I do on my rig I'm really looking forward to have an increased core...
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    SENTRY: Console-sized gaming PC case project

    The shipping services inside Poland are usually reliable, you get the package pretty much next business day, two tops, and have full tracking. I'm also in Poland and my White Sentry arrived on Tuesday around noon-ish (it was sent Friday evening), in pristine condition. I'm around 550-600km by...
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    SENTRY: Console-sized gaming PC case project

    AFAIK the motherboard GPU ports can be used with an onboard CPU-based GPU. For Ryzen they are useless. I don't see how they could be used with a dedicated GPU, nor what would be the point of that (since modern GPUs usually have one or two Display Ports). I think the port darksable is making is...
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    SENTRY: Console-sized gaming PC case project

    Good point darksable. One thing I can add, is that another legitimate concern is the WiFi/BT card. If you are going for ITX and want the smallest footprint possible with the biggest mobility, you will most likely not be a fan of cables - I know I'm not. In my Z170 ITX Asus board the default...
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    SENTRY: Console-sized gaming PC case project

    You should probably contact them directly so they can follow-up the delivery number with the shipping company. Being passive aggressive here and making vague implications of foul play/intent won't really get you anywhere. Just saying.
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    SENTRY: Console-sized gaming PC case project

    And in the meantime run my system on what? ;) It did cross my mind, but... The market here is crazy with shit always being more expensive than abroad and cheapskate distributors/retailers wanting to make as much money as possible and setting retarded prices. It's also far from being a primary...
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    SENTRY: Console-sized gaming PC case project

    Just got a mail that my white Sentry was shipped, so I'm super stoked :) It's probably gonna arrive on Monday/Tuesday - benefits of domestic shipment. Hopefully the Gigabyte/ASRock ITX AM4 boards get to stores here ASAP so I can actually build in it... not to mention the GPU market situation...
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    SENTRY: Console-sized gaming PC case project

    Damn, it's already on sale somewhere? :OOO
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    SENTRY: Console-sized gaming PC case project

    I don't disagree with the general sentiment. I did semi-professional DTP work and other stuff in Photoshop, including photography edit, and I know how much RAWs can take up. 500GB is still a considerable amount of space though, and in the end you need to work out for yourself whether you...
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    SENTRY: Console-sized gaming PC case project

    Hence why I confirmed that I'm speaking for myself :) What I meant when I said SSDs are not meant for storage is media that you dump onto a drive and access every now and then (your BD/CD collection, pictures, regular documents etc.). In this scenario you won't see much benefit out of an SSD...
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    SENTRY: Console-sized gaming PC case project

    I am :) Though there's only so much of apps/games you can install, unless you want to have everything you own installed all the time for some reason. Data storage doesn't really need an SSD, since it's not what they're for.
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    SENTRY: Console-sized gaming PC case project

    A good idea could be the 'classic' approach - having an SSD for OS/Games/Apps and a normal HDD for storage. That's what I currently have in my Sugo SG13 - a Samsung 960 Pro and HGST 4TB 3.5". In the Sentry I'll keep my M.2 500GB and use the top mounting slots to install 2x 2TB 2.5" HDDs. They...
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    SENTRY: Console-sized gaming PC case project

    I see quite a bit of you are using thermal pads for the M.2 drive. Can anyone please clarify which M.2 drive is being used? I have a 960 Pro from Samsung which already has a thermal pad. Does anyone have this drive in their Sentry and can report on temps?
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    SENTRY: Console-sized gaming PC case project

    I think the situation is worse for Ryzen just because there aren't many coolers that have an AM4 bracket to fit the socket. It's a very fresh platform. I know Noctua made one just recently for their low profile NH-L9i cooler. Apart from that I don't really think there are any, lol. The Zaber...
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    SENTRY: Console-sized gaming PC case project

    Yep, Gigabyte as well around that time.
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    SENTRY: Console-sized gaming PC case project

    I realize that, hence why I mentioned single fan mode. I meant the lower fan of course, most likely pushing upwards through the fins and out Sentry's exhaust. Here's a chart comparing it to other low-profile fans (not quite the Sentry-size league listing though)...
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    SENTRY: Console-sized gaming PC case project

    Ah, ok - didn't know that was still a thing after the warehouse-sized Chinese farms stuffed full of dedicated mining chips pretty much raped it. I assumed ASICS are permanently a thing now and nobody mines using mainstream hardware anymore as it's not worth the hassle, and just isn't a very good...
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    SENTRY: Console-sized gaming PC case project

    Did anyone tried or considered a Xigmatek Janus? Seems to be rated 140 TDP and the amount of heatpipes look attractive. It should fit with a single fan configuration (i.e. bottom fan pushing out) at 45mm height. There's also Scythe Kozuti that seems to perform better than Noctua. Also, is...
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