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This is hopefully the final evolution of my first PC. It started out life in a Define S Window, then I kept spending money on it because I had so much space.

This is how I dealt with that problem.

I knew what I had to do. I had to go small. Less space means there's nothing I can spend more money on, and I've always want to do a small form factor build so this ticks all the boxes.

I already had the CPU, Ram, Cooler, SSD Raid, HDD Raid, and the GPU; going to something super small like a Dan Case A4 wasn't going to be possible. I set a "budget" of not buying the most expensive things because I'm still in college and college is expensive.

I knew I wanted faster storage. The SSD Raid 0 was great, but the risk of one drive failing and I'd lose all my data was a bit much for me. I have the HDDs in Raid 1 for this reason. I browsed r/hardwareswap for some NVMe drives and got a great deal on this 512 gb Samsung drive for $70 shipped.

To go along with the new NVMe drive I needed an ITX board to house it. I was looking at the Asus b450-i, but at $149 it was a little much. The ASRock b450 ITX board had basically all the same features, but with 7.1 ch audio, USB 3.1 Type C, only trading for slightly lesser VRMs. $119 is a good price, plus it has an M.2 slot on the back.

To support the 4 hard drives, I needed a case to house everything. I was deciding between the H200 and the Node 304. I chose the H200 because tempered glass. Pretty easy decision.

Got an SFX power supply. 550w. 80+ Gold. Modular. Good.

Assembling this thing was another story. I didn't take any pictures during assembly, but trust me it was a nightmare. The amount of cable management and shoving cables in various places was atrocious. Near the end I found out the power supply cables weren't long enough. Bought some sleeved extensions off Amazon and fast forward to the next day they worked; came with cable combs too, neat.

All in all I spent about $400 on this clean up. I love my build from every angle and I'm never going to go back.

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Comments

  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

I would put all the monitors landscape together but clean build anyways

+1

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I would too, but I don't have enough space on my desk to fit them all landscape. This layout helps with writing papers and code for my classes.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

OK, just saying

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah I totally understand what you mean. I ran them all in landscape right before I moved back from college and it was awesome. FH4 and beamng drive were incredible spanned across all three.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

One question, can the Dell S2419HGF rotate in portrait mode?

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes it can

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks very nice and clean, but I have never seen a monitor setup like that...

Mind me asking if you do any other work than college??

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes I do, I have an internship over this summer.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, very nice. Good luck!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Are those right-angled monitors used for programming if you don't mind me asking, nice choice of case by the way.

  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

Right on! They help a lot with all the stackoverflow windows I always have open!

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  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build. It inspired me to build a black/silver PC. Only missing the water cooler now.