Fractal Design Arc Mini R2 Build Notes
I built an ITX system into the Fractal Design Arc Mini R2 mATX PC case to showcase its potential. ITX cases are all well and good, but I like lots of room for my build, and I like the tower case form as well. This isn’t so much of a build log, it’s just some notes I thought might might be useful to anyone looking to build inside this case. There are some little things that I thought were interesting but I left them out as they are quite intuitive and will be noticed anyway.
The Fractal Design Arc Mini R2 really allows you to get a very neat install. The cable routing is well placed and with a little time and patience you can get an awesome looking install. One option I hadn’t thought about until after the install was moving the front 120mm intake fan to the lower position to give the GPU some cool air. Also, when using an AIO sealed loop CPU cooler, you could relocate the 120mm exhaust fan to the front panel and have two 120mm intake fans.
My Palit GTX 770 video card (fan shroud and all) measures a touch below 280mm and there is still a little bit of space between it and the HDD caddy. I had to remove the caddy to install the video card, but I was able to replace the caddy afterwards which was a bonus. The conservative 260mm size guide in the features and specifications will be relevant for a problem free install, but we now know you can push the boundaries a little.Cable routing is an absolute breeze. The SSD mounts posed a little challenge and I think they would be better mounted horizontal, but this was overcome with some 45 degree folds in the cables.
An innovative approach to supporting water cooling into a relatively small PC cas is the offset mounting points for the fans. Instead of the traditional uniform central mounting Fractal Design have moved over to the side of the case to allow clearance of motherboard heatsinks and tall RAM while using thicker than standard radiators or push/pull fan configurations. Above is a rough guide to show the mounting points for water cooling radiators.