I arrived at the name due to using a lot of parts that I had lying around, hence anything in the Parts List with a price of $0.00. Some were unused in my Nevermore build, and others were from the computer this one is replacing.
Mizell was built to replace the Alienware Aurora I gave to my Dad after building my new system last year. Before that, he was using an old Dell with Vista. It will be used to browse the internet, email, occasionally watch videos or movies, and a whole lot of solitaire games:)
When I gave him the Aurora, it was already having issues, mainly due to having no upgrade path and no longer being supported by Dell. Playing on the PC while listening to his music is an activity he really enjoys, so the more frequent BSOD's and problems were no longer acceptable to me. Dad is 84 now and I wanted to give him a PC that would be reliable, easy to use and not be a hand-me-down. I also wanted it to look good, and be powerful enough to play more demanding games when his grandson is visiting.
Therefore, knowing the good deals to be had in the weeks around Black Friday, I started putting together a list of core components to buy and the parts I had sitting around doing nothing. It came together pretty easily and the build went smoothly. Overall, I am quite happy with the results, and more importantly, Dad has a new PC that works and is, in his words..."pretty damn cool and a helluva lot quieter than the other one."
CPU - Absolutely could have just gone with a Pentium, yet the i3-6100 was a fantastic deal and will perform better in more advanced games for him and his grandson.
Cooler - The Phanteks PH-TC12LS_BK is the cooler I used for testing on Nevermore. It is an amazing cooler both functionally and aesthetically, and was a shame to just be in a box. Even at full load, it is near silent with fans at 1033rpm. Stock cooler would have been fine, yet just not very good looking and a wee bit louder.
Motherboard - It is Black/White, looks good, and has 4 RAM slots, in case a need arises to bump to 16GB. Posted without issue, yet still updated to latest BIOS version available.
RAM - It will only operate at 2133Mhz in the B150 chipset, but was on sale and have been pleased with the Kingston in Nevermore. Unless one really needs the bandwidth, 2133 is fast enough, in my opinion.
Storage - This 500 GB 850 EVO was actually in Nevermore. I have not come close to filling the 1TB SSD in it yet, so the 500GB was untouched. Decided to pull it out for Mizell. To replace it, I am going to take the 512GB 850 Pro that was in the Aurora.
Graphics Card - The GTX 760 was in the Aurora when I had it, but put my old GTX 650 in when gave it to Dad last year. He does not need more than the Integrated Graphics for what he uses the PC for, yet for the light gaming that may be done on Mizell, the 760 was a better choice. And to be blunt, it had a backplate and looks nicer.
Case - I always liked the way the Corsair SPEC series cases looked and wanted to build in one, so snapped one up when it was on special. They make a lot of really nice cases, and this was no exception. The SPEC-03 build quality is top notch in my opinion, while cable management is neither the best, nor the worst I have seen. I do wish Corsair, and other manufacturers, would start making the oval cable grommets standard, especially in any case with a window.
PSU - 650W is more than enough for this build and, while I could have gone for less, the EVGA was on sale and a good deal in my opinion. PSU is never a place that I would recommend cheaping out on...never will understand putting a $30 PSU in a computer with thousands of dollars of hardware.
Fans - Temperatures have yet to create a need for a push/pull in Nevermore, so had some Phanteks PH-F120MP 53.3 CFM 120mm Fans left over. While I have nothing against the Corsair fans, I preferred only having an LED strip for illumination. The exhaust fan was also replaced so that they all matched. Like in my other build, and on the Phanteks cooler, these things are extremely quiet while moving a good deal of air.
Monitor - The HP 2311xi is still a nice IPS monitor and was re-used from his old system. With the change over, I will be doing some re-calibrating on it.
Keyboard - Perixx Periduo-211 Big Print Letters. A simple keyboard with larger print on it to make it easier for him to read. When I would be over, I would notice him bending down a bit to read the old keyboard and this one suits his needs better.
Mouse - The keyboard came with a mouse, which was fine, yet felt a little light and could tell would annoy him. Again, I had the G700, which is a fantastic mouse lying around in a box (replaced with G502 Proteus Core on mine) and decided to use it. The weight and control of the mouse pointer are much better for him. It is not hooked up wirelessly, instead just stays plugged in to a USB port for simplicity's sake.
Speakers - Guess what? Yep...had these lying around too. They are from a Gateway system from years back when Altec Lansing was The manufacturer. Still function perfectly and sound great...and wow, that subwoofer has some weight to it. 1990-ish, so that makes them 26-ish years old.
Backup UPS - The battery on the old Cyberpower that the Aurora was hooked up to went kaput a few months back, so had just been hooked to a surge protector. Replacement battery cost is $150, so that was not an option. I am a big believer in having a UPS system for a computer, not just for the battery or surge protection, but also they switch over if the power fluctuates, as happens with brownouts. Picked up the CyberPower EC650LCD for Dad's build. 390W is plenty for what he will ever draw from it and gives me piece of mind knowing it is not plugged into a $10 power strip.
Other - The Perixx DX-1000XXL Gaming Mouse Pad is fantastic. It is huge, durable, and has been an excellent surface for me, and now for Dad too. So much better than the little 10 year old mouse pad he had been using.
Thank You for taking the time to see and read about Mizell.