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Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Over the top layout & quality 09/12/2014

This review is from: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: The comsmetic appearance is very attractive, actually over the top. All the filters that are provided are of great quality. The plastic brushed aluminum-like front panel is very high quality. You will never notice it is not real aluminum. The factory fans are near silent, and the cable managment inside the case is above average.

Cons: My #1 complaint would be that Fractal Design does not sell replacement filters. SHAME SHAME. Had to reduce an egg for that. The nice front grille can only be bent and unbent to change the filter about 3-5 times before the tabs break off.

Also my motherboard did not line up with the backplate as well as other cases.

Other Thoughts: If you need to get the maximum life out of the filters, you will NOT wash them, rather blow them out with 90-125PSI compressed air in the opposite direction.

Xeon E3-1245V3
Z87-Pro
32GB Kingston KHX1600C10D3B1K2/16G
Crucial M500 240GB
Antec HCG-620m

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Crucial M500 CT240M500SSD1 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Overall a great drive, runs cool, basically plug & play. Price at the time was great, and even better now.

Cons: Needed to upgrade firmware from U03 to U05 as the stock must have been older. Even with the new firmware the power on hours are inaccurate.

Other Thoughts: Overall I like to pick SSD's that are a little older (6-8 months) as to keep the bugs to a minimum. This drive delivered a trouble free configuration and shows a great track record.

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Antec HCG M Series HCG-620M 620W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Intel Haswell Fully Compatible
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Great price point, very quite, cool, great cosmetics. Power efficiency is quite good.

Cons: None as of yet.

Other Thoughts: Per research on the internet it is made by Seasonic which makes very high end power supplys. I went with a little more power than I need so I can add one graphics card at a later date. If you plan to run 2 or 3 graphics cards you will need more power.

Fractal Design Arch MIDI R2
Z87-Pro
Xeon E3-1245V3
32GB Kingston KHX1600C10D3B1K2/16G
Crucial M500 240GB

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Michael G.'s Profile

Display Name: Michael G.

Date Joined: 11/14/02

  • Reviews: 16
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  • First Review: 04/23/03
  • Last Review: 04/14/14
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