Still struggling with wanting a new computer

So, I want a Mac Mini, but I basically really want a bare bones system that I can then flesh out. I want to have the ability to put in two drives, i.e., I really don’t care about having an optical drive.

I’d like to be able to add in a pair of SSDs. I don’t even really care about paying for the 2 500G drives, they can go in an external case. Having a TB of firewire attached drives is appealing as well.

But I guess there is a price point where I don’t want to pay for Apple’s quality versus a Frankenstein’s price. And yes, I also know that the Mac will probably be quieter.