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I'm actually about to purchase a new case and space for me is an issue. After I checked a lot of cases, I thought that Fractal Design had the best cases that fit exactly my purposes, which is good cooling and easy installation and upgrades. So my main question is actually, Is there a notable difference between the Core 3000 and the Arc Mini?
I will be running the case with it's stock fans and I won't be buying newer fans for awhile.
Is the $20~ price difference between the Arc Mini and the Core 3000 worth it?
The arc is wider, which is a big plus. More width = more space behind mobo tray and/or more room for heatsinks.
The arc mini has 2x120mm fans on the front whereas Core3k has 140+120, that may be a pro or a con to you. Personally, I'd probably get the Arc out of those2.
What kind of cpu cooling will you be running? If a heatsink, switch the rear exhaust over to front so you have 2x front, 1x top and the heatsink fans pushing either through the rear exhaust vent or North-South so the heatsink exhausts through the top fan.
Edited by Blizlake - 6/14/12 at 4:43am
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post #2912 of 11351
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The arc is wider, which is a big plus. More width = more space behind mobo tray and/or more room for heatsinks.
The arc mini has 2x120mm fans on the front whereas Core3k has 140+120, that may be a pro or a con to you. Personally, I'd probably get the Arc out of those2.
What kind of cpu cooling will you be running? If a heatsink, switch the rear exhaust over to front so you have 2x front, 1x top and the heatsink fans pushing either through the rear exhaust vent or North-South so the heatsink exhausts through the top fan.

i second this good advice.
    
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post #2913 of 11351
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I'm actually about to purchase a new case and space for me is an issue. After I checked a lot of cases, I thought that Fractal Design had the best cases that fit exactly my purposes, which is good cooling and easy installation and upgrades. So my main question is actually, Is there a notable difference between the Core 3000 and the Arc Mini?
I will be running the case with it's stock fans and I won't be buying newer fans for awhile.
Is the $20~ price difference between the Arc Mini and the Core 3000 worth it?

I have the Core 3000, it has less space for cable management than the Arc Midi but it shouldn't affect you since you have a modular Power Supply.

Here's mine :

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The only disadvantage I found is the lack of hole for the 8pin cable which I routed across the motherboard (it can also be bypassed by buying an extension cable) :

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So yeah you're better off when you have modular PS. biggrin.gif
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Here's an updated pic and some info regarding GPU clearances form the RAD, I forget who had asked me for it.

 

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post #2915 of 11351
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Here's an updated pic and some info regarding GPU clearances form the RAD, I forget who had asked me for it. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

600x450px-LL-4cdd567c_WP_001603.jpeg

600x450px-LL-04eebb0a_WP_001607.jpeg

good info, thanks.
    
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post #2916 of 11351
Thanks for the quick and great advice!

I was actually already leaning towards Arc Mini and I just wasn't really sure if the price justified it. I'm using a modular PSU, I'm sure that will help with cable management. And I'm also using a CM TX3 Evo, which is a tower style heatsink.

I guess I'm going to purchase an Arc Mini if I'm able to find one since it's lesser in stock compared to the Arc Midi(which is too big for me)
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post #2917 of 11351
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And I'm also using a CM TX3 Evo, which is a tower style heatsink.

Core 3000 support 160mm height coolers (NH-D14 is 160 for example).
Arc Midi supports 180mm height coolers.
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post #2918 of 11351
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Thanks for the quick and great advice!
I was actually already leaning towards Arc Mini and I just wasn't really sure if the price justified it. I'm using a modular PSU, I'm sure that will help with cable management. And I'm also using a CM TX3 Evo, which is a tower style heatsink.
I guess I'm going to purchase an Arc Mini if I'm able to find one since it's lesser in stock compared to the Arc Midi(which is too big for me)

I love my Mini. wubsmiley.gif There is Literally nothing I dislike about this case.
 
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post #2919 of 11351
The weight is my only gripe, but that is also good, in knowing that it is super well built
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post #2920 of 11351
i wonder how much does the arc midi weigh with hardware and a full loop. propapbly would make a good exercise tool biggrin.gif
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