It has been almost 3 years since I wrote Considering mITX, and now I have finally considered enough and now finally have a mITX system. But since then, 3 years ago, and now, I've actually gone through 2 different cases: a Fractal Design Define C and a Fractal Design Define R6. Both of which are great cases, but they had their annoyances with me.
For the Define C, I made the mistake of going with a windowed one. So I gave that case away to a friend who desperately needed a new one.
The Define R6 was actually a lovely case, if I ever need a full-size ATX again I'll probably just get that again. But right now my Plex server needs it more with its 7 mechanical 3.5" hard drives. I think it's gonna be a lovely case for that purpose.
So what did I end up with?
Well, I went with something pretty boring, a Fractal Design Node 304. I actually already had this case for my old NAS, and now for my backup server. So I just bought another one, because I kinda like it!
I was dreading building it a bit though, because I know how tight it is in there from my previous experience, and now I needed to shove a graphics card in there. But I saw this build video and it looked so roomy when he used a SFX power supply.
So, here's my current PC then, the part list if you will. Keep in mind that most of the parts I already had from my previous build. Only thing I bought new for this was the motherboard, PSU and case (and the case wasn't actually new, it was a demo unit, but it looks new.)
Ideally I'd like to replace my 2 SATA SSD's with just 1 stick of M.2, but 2 TB M.2 sticks are pretty expensive, so I'm gonna hold off on that. This works for now.
The motherboard is also quite expensive and very unecessary, but I've learned from past experience I want Gigabyte boards incase I want to Hackintosh. Having a Z390 could be nice if I wanted a 9900K in the future for some dumb reason also.
Here are some pics from the build. The Oneplus 6T is a fantastic phone, except for the camera...
And finally, the whole reason why I've wanted mITX for so long:
The computer fits in my shelf!
Down the line I'd like to try one of those even smaller cases, like the Ghost or Dan. But I find building in something this "big" already very frustrating so I can't imagine I would enjoy building in something even smaller. And I want my Noctua tower coolers so they won't work for me anyway. But they sure are neat.