Haha, we are almost opposite. I like the setup, building, tinkering, etc. Once it's running well and it's just a matter of routine work, it starts to bore me a bit. I can totally understand where you're coming from, though. I'm also not suggesting you need to spend a ton of money to succeed because you don't. Lots of people run really great low tech, low budget tanks. There are times certain things become prohibitive, though.
I've currently got a Landen 60P in my Amazon cart just waiting.
When I bought my CO2 regulator I waited until I could get either a stainless or nickle clad model for less than $100.
I like the pretty things as I'm able to afford them, and in time, Lord willing, I'll own all the parts at once and have a very nice display tank I hope.
One with a super awesome controller for monitoring pH and TDS and managing my CO2 and using peristaltic dosing pumps for ferts.
I like the idea of having a sump (with Bean Animal overflow like yours of course) to act as an auto top-off system (since it keeps display tank water level locked in place). But I'm a bigger fan of the all-glass look possible with rimless tanks that use glass lily pipes.
But I'm also terrified of owning said lily pipes because they require regular cleaning, and are made from glass. I'm not sure how much force it takes to break them, but I'm sure I would break one eventually which would be both sad and dangerous, even if a replacement is only $40.
That being said I have stainless steel pipes in my Amazon cart too, just waiting.
But still... I hate when the top inch of glass gets all gross and foggy as my water line drops.
If only I could design an auto top off function that could be both invisible in the tank, and could just be plumbed into my filter somehow...