SENTRY: Console-sized gaming PC case project

pendragon1

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Thanks. I didn't find the card you speak of on Newegg, but I did find a gigabyte 2060 mini that seems to use the same design that I might get instead for $299 as it's only a $70 difference for ~500 Cuda cores.

I've also been looking at this portable monitor
https://www.newegg.com/acer-15-6-full-hd/p/N82E16824011305?&quicklink=true


From the description below it appears to use a single usb for video only. Now I'm pretty familiar with DP alt and know that a gpu can't support it as it doesn't provide the power over usb that the monitor would need. I wonder if this monitor would work with a gpu if you simply snag a cable such as this
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01J6DT070/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_apa_i_bpBOEbP4SHYW8
And hope it works.

Ports: USB Type-C for video & Micro USB port for power charging (USB Type-C cable & Micro USB cable included)
will that usb-c actually use the gpu though? ive never used one.
for $20 more you can get an msi with hdmi too and it will for sure use the gpu.
https://www.newegg.com/msi-optix-mag161v-15-6-full-hd/p/N82E16824475042
 

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All I know is that with displayport alt half the usb c connectors are used for video transmission and the other half are used for USB power. I'm assuming that both of these monitors get around that by using one cable for video and another for power.

I sell usb c to hdmi adapters here at Target so I'm pretty sure hdmi to usb c can work. I already used a dp to hdmi cord before to utilize an hdmi monitor as a 2nd screen.
 

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All I know is that with displayport alt half the usb c connectors are used for video transmission and the other half are used for USB power. I'm assuming that both of these monitors get around that by using one cable for video and another for power.

I sell usb c to hdmi adapters here at Target so I'm pretty sure hdmi to usb c can work. I already used a dp to hdmi cord before to utilize an hdmi monitor as a 2nd screen.
the acer one say it is power by the mini but the msi doesnt have mini so i'd assume power over usbc. also, i missed that the msi has speakers built in. not sure if that matters to you...
 

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the acer one say it is power by the mini but the msi doesnt have mini so i'd assume power over usbc. also, i missed that the msi has speakers built in. not sure if that matters to you...
Nay the Acer says power over micro USB.

I'll def look into both more when necessary. I have a backpack that can def carry around the Sentry.
 
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I'm planning on rebuilding my 1.1 sentry soon. The screws are a bit of a pain, but it's a sturdy little thing. It's not 2.0 but I still love the thing.


Do ya'll think this card can fit sentry 1.1?


Form Factor & Dimensions
Form Factor ITX
Max GPU Length 170 mm
Card Dimensions (L x H) 6.69" x 4.78"
Slot Width Dual Slot

https://www.newegg.com/gigabyte-gef...oc-6gd/p/N82E16814932234?item=N82E16814932234
Looks good to me, but check the manual pg 22 to be sure. http://zaber.com.pl/sentry/manual.pdf

I have a Zotac 1060 AMP which is a compact card, but slightly larger (210mm x 128mm ) than your Gigabyte 1660 Super (170mm x 121.3mm), and it fits my Sentry 1.1 just fine.

Let us know how it goes.
 
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Morzy

Have you seen this monitor? Hdmi and Usb-C. Not sure if it's this particular one but I think this company also makes one with a battery built in for one less cord to worry about.
 

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Have you seen this monitor? Hdmi and Usb-C. Not sure if it's this particular one but I think this company also makes one with a battery built in for one less cord to worry about.
I haven't. There are a few things that stand out from that Amazon link most notably the lack of screen response time and any model number to further investigate. I see the Acer monitor on sale at micro center for $129, so I may take a trip over to Detroit when the world isn't topsy turney. I'm expecting portable monitors to be rather unreliable or at least less so than their desktop monitor counterparts.. Buying from a rando amazon 3rd party doesn't give me confidence.
 

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I haven't. There are a few things that stand out from that Amazon link most notably the lack of screen response time and any model number to further investigate. I see the Acer monitor on sale at micro center for $129, so I may take a trip over to Detroit when the world isn't topsy turney. I'm expecting portable monitors to be rather unreliable or at least less so than their desktop monitor counterparts.. Buying from a rando amazon 3rd party doesn't give me confidence.
I have a feeling any usb powered panel is going to be pretty weak on brightness and response time. There's probably only a few panels with such a low power draw available, there's a good chance they're all using the same panel from LG, sharp, Panasonic, whoever actually makes it.

I looked into getting a portable monitor for my Sentry PCs a while back but gave up when I realized I don't NEED it. Wanted to look like a boss at LAN parties and such but then all my friends had kids. No Lan parties now 😑

Good luck shopping, hope you find one that works well.
 

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Sorry if this was already asked/answered:

Does anyone has experience with either the ASRock RX5700 Challenger (https://www.asrock.com/Graphics-Card/AMD/Radeon RX 5700 Challenger D 8G OC/index.us.asp) or the PowerColor Radeon RX 5700 (https://www.powercolor.com/product?id=1565845929)? I'm currently looking for a replacement for my old GTX970 and this seem to be the only custom RX5700 cards that fit..

I would be interested in how loud the cards are and how in general the cooling performs in the Sentry. Really appreciate if anyone can share their experience or opinion regarding these cards :)
 

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I have a feeling any usb powered panel is going to be pretty weak on brightness and response time. There's probably only a few panels with such a low power draw available, there's a good chance they're all using the same panel from LG, sharp, Panasonic, whoever actually makes it.

I looked into getting a portable monitor for my Sentry PCs a while back but gave up when I realized I don't NEED it. Wanted to look like a boss at LAN parties and such but then all my friends had kids. No Lan parties now 😑

Good luck shopping, hope you find one that works well.
Haha aww. Yeah you make a good point. It just so happens that my original mobo choice ended up taking so long to ship (3rd party Newegg) that I bought another one that can support Thunderbolt 3 displays.
https://www.newegg.com/asrock-x570-phantom-gaming-itx-tb3/p/N82E16813157891?item=N82E16813157891

I'm probably gonna buy that Acer monitor from microcenter and see if they'll have some insurance plans cause yeah portable monitors are sketchy in general.

I think I will use it. I spent a lot of time pre pandemic chilling at a local cafe.
 

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Sentry is back online! Note I have no gpu yet to choke with this orientation xD. 3200g.

Also yeah I may as well rethink sff gpu unless I wanna watercool..only able to utilize 2/4 Sata ports.

Fixing the riser card into the mobo was a nightmare per usual.. It never wants to get in the slot without a little banging and a towel to absorb some shock..
 

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