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.