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Fractal Design - Arc Mini. Thoughts?

post #1 of 10
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I'm trying to build a new rig with this case in mind. I'm also thinking about watercooling it as well. If I read correctly, this case will be available around early April. If the price is right, and no other matx case with wc options catches my eye, I'll probably be picking this up.

Anyone have any thoughts on this case?
I'm really excited with the fan options and obviously the space for the internal 240mm radiator.
quick quote on the case features:

* Stylish, minimalistic front panel with alu-look
* Optimized for performance, massive cooling and water cooling support
* A total of 7(!) fan slots (2x 120mm in front, 2x 120/140mm in top, 1x 120mm in bottom, 1x 120mm in rear,1x 120/140mm in side panel)
* Three fans included (1x 120mm in front, 1x 120mm in rear and 1x 140mm in top)
* Support for dual 120mm radiator in top*
* 6x white painted HDD trays, with silicone mounting
* Upper HDD cage is removable and rotatable
* USB3 support in front panel
* Excellent cable routing and cable routing covers
* Easily removable front panel with clip on fan slots
* Extra, vertically mounted expansion slot, suitable for fan controllers or non-input expansion cards
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post #2 of 10
I, too, am keeping an eye on this case for my Mini Surround Fury microATX SFF build.
    
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will you be air cooling your setup?
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post #5 of 10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by UrbanSmooth View Post
very nice. we'll be running the same hardware.

I'll be trying with just a 240 rad tho. wonder how my temps will be
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post #6 of 10
"Stylish, minimalistic front panel with alu-look" == plastic.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Spotswood View Post
"Stylish, minimalistic front panel with alu-look" == plastic.
hopefully the price will reflect that
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post #8 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by Spotswood View Post
"Stylish, minimalistic front panel with alu-look" == plastic.

I thought that was funny too.

This looks like the Lian-Li A04 but MUCH better
    
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post #9 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by cmos View Post
hopefully the price will reflect that
the price will be around $110-115 which is not too bad, i got my eye on either this or the arc midi tower.
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post #10 of 10
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I hope the price is under 120. From a thread in overclock, people were saying this is going to be sold some time in June.

I hope its worth the wait
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