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Fractal Design Arc MIDI Tower Computer Case 2X5.25 8X3.5INT No PS Fan Controller & Front USB3

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SKU: 58475
Shipping Weight: 27.9lbs

Part #: FD-CA-ARC-BL

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The new Fractal Design Arc Series of cases create a niche of their own; a combination of stellar performance and cooling options with stylish, minimalistic looks and an overall understated elegance.

Quick Specs:
Motherboard Supported ATX Micro ATX Mini ITX
Weight (Approximate) 22.05 lb
Color Black
Form Factor Mid-tower
Height 18.1"
Width 9.1"
Depth 20.3"
Number of Fans Supported 8
Number of Fans Installed 3
Number of External 5.25" Bays 2
Number of Power Supplies Supported 1
Number of Power Supplies Installed No
Number of Internal 3.5" Bays 8
Number of Total Expansion Bays 10
Number of Total Expansion Slots 8
Total Number of USB Ports 3
Total Number of Audio In Ports 1
Total Number of Audio Out Ports 1

Specifications [ Edit | History ]

     Number of External 5.25" Bays: 2
     Number of Internal 3.5" Bays: 8
     Number of Total Expansion Bays: 10
General Information  
     Brand Name: Fractal Design
     Manufacturer: Fractal Design
     Manufacturer Part Number: FD-CA-ARC-BL
     Manufacturer Website Address:
     Product Line: Arc
     Product Name: Arc Midi Computer Case
     Product Type: Computer Case
I/O Expansions  
     Number of Total Expansion Slots: 8
     Front Audio In: Yes
     Front Audio Out: Yes
     Front USB: Yes
     Top Audio In: Yes
     Top Audio Out: Yes
     Top USB: Yes
     Total Number of Audio In Ports: 1
     Total Number of Audio Out Ports: 1
     Total Number of USB Ports: 3
Physical Characteristics  
     Color: Black
     Depth: 20.3" (515 mm)
     Form Factor: Mid-tower
     Height: 18.1" (460 mm)
     Weight (Approximate): 10 kg
     Width: 9.1" (230 mm)
Power Description  
     Number of Power Supplies Installed: No
     Number of Power Supplies Supported: 1
Technical Information  
     Motherboard Supported: Mini ITX
Micro ATX
     Number of Fans Installed: 3
     Number of Fans Supported: 8

Customer Reviews of Fractal Design FD-CA-ARC-BL

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Experience: 16 Months


- Great build quality
- Good ventilation
- Nice compact size
- None to date
Overall this has been an excellent little case. I used it for my secondary air-cooled rig.
It actually has fairly decent potential to go with custom water cooling, but I already have a MountainMods case for my main rig, so no need there.
Would definitely recommend Fractal cases.

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Experience: 2 Weeks


Black and that's all
Read down below

Stay away from that case. I thought Fractal design was quality built, but its NOT.

We start with the good points:

#1: Case is black
#2: good loocking.

Here the bad points:

#1: When i have receive it, the box have been already open and re-close.
#2: Case was dirty inside and ouside.
#3: Screw are all mixed up in the bag.
#4: I need to use the reset button as power button. Power button don't work.
#5: All screw hole are off from about 1 or 2 mm. Good luck when installing your PSU and trying to fix the video card.
#6: I need to force a little bit the video card to fix it on the case. At this moment, the MB tilts up.

Please, stay away from that case.

Experience: 7 Days


I’ve heard good things about fractal and wanted to see for myself.
This is one of the worst cases I’ve ever bought. Where do I begin?
I’ve bought antec and cooler master cases in the past. I can tell they’ve put some thought into the design. I’ve heard good things about fractal and wanted to see for myself.
This is one of the worst cases I’ve ever bought. Where do I begin?
There are scratch marks all over the case when I unwrapped it from the box. Where there’s no paint on the metal, there’s rust. The form and fit of the fractal case is worst than my generic cases. One of the drive trays was slightly oversized than the others, so it had problems sliding out/in. Good to see ‘This Product is Not Available’… not sure about the other models of the fractal series…but stay away from the ‘Fractal Design Define R3’

Experience: 3 Days


cable management, open back plate to install aftermarket heat sinks, can install lots of fans, very good cooling possibilities, lots of expansion bays
drive bays are very rough, grommets are very small, no sound dampening, screws that came with are useless, poor fitting, poor quality overall, flimsy side panels
i may be spoiled by antec and corsair in the past, because after working with this fractal case, which is my first, and probably last time, cause i would not buy again, and i will tell people to stay away, the bag of screws and nuts were not the right length and pitch, it cross threaded a bunch, so i had to dig up my old antec screws to use on this, the hdd bays seems like they are welded on that caddy, it took so much force to slide out, and i bent some when i took it out, the the side panel was hard to slide in and out too, this case frustrated me for hours, it seemed flimsy and overall metal and construction was poor quality, go with a antec or corsair even if its a little more money, they are worth the hassle

Experience: 3 Weeks


Nice overall build quality. Plenty of room for water cooling and cable management.
Everything fits perfectly and temp is cool inside the case: i7-3770K, P8Z77-V Deluxe, Water 2.0 Extreme, NF-F12 fans x2 for radiator, 140mm stock fans x3 for front and bottom, AF140 140mm fans x2 for side and rear, AX850 PSU, FC5V2 fan controller and Pioneer BDR-2207.

Experience: 5 Days


Lots of Air Flow
Good build quality
Extra wide for components
Included Fan controller
Removable HD bay for air flow/long video cards
Completely tool less design
Bottom fan filter can be hard to access
This is one of the best cases I have ever owned. All the fan intakes are filtered. The extra inch width makes it super easy to fit/move/remove components. The quality of the build is extremely good. It will fit a full size 240mm, 60mm deep Rad with push pull fans in the top of the case with no modifications and is slightly off to the side in case you have high ram. Fully tool less design all thumb screws. Lots of room behind the MB tray for cable management.

Awesome case you can't go wrong with.

Experience: 1 Days


lots of cooling options, good design, handy front connectors, small but roomy
steel case, plastic front and top covers.
Got this case to replace my 11 year old Lian-Li full tower aluminum case as I needed something that would accommodate my H100 and larger fans. This case is short and wide, giving lots of room to maneuver and hide PSU cables and other wires. Tons of fan mounting options, also includes 3 140mm fans with the case; pretty much the only place you can't mount a fan is on the side panel behind the motherboard plate. Paired with my H100 keeps my CPU and motherboard cool at 25C idle and 38C under load with an i5 3570K O/C'ed to 4.5GHz. My only complaint is the cheap plastic top and front case panels, and the overall construction of the case being steel instead of aluminum. Also, the top panel would not fit back on after fitting the H100, had to remove the washers from the mounting screws to lower their height in order to fit the top back on correctly.

Experience: 2 Months


Lots of room
Sweet black & white colouring
Filters almost everywhere
3 140mm fans included
PCI bracket fan controller
The fan controller causes some whine at low speeds
Cleaning the filter on the front means removing the fans that are clipped into it, not a huge issue, but a bit of a pain
No filter or cover included for side panel mounted fan.
This is the first case/build I have bought and I am very pleased with the outcome. I even painted the IO shield that come with my MB to match the white/black ext. colours. Looks damn good.

There are thumbscrews everywhere! Factory placed means they are hard to turn, so keep the screw driver that comes with the case handy.

I do not have any 3.5" drives so I cannot comment on the sound dampening features of the drive sleds, but the 2.5" HDD are barely audible as it is.

Lots of places to mount fans, filters are easy to clean. I wish that a filter or cover was included for the side panel mounted fan, this would be a big deal.

Experience: 2 Weeks


Clean simple looks. Great fan/cooling options,includes fan controller, nice, easy access dust filters on front, top and bottom. USB 3.0 front header. Excellent cable management. Cool white accents( fans and rails)
Plastic clips on top dust filter cover easily broken when removing from case (just be careful, slide backwards to disengage clips before lifting off top cover. This case is so pretty on the inside, an option for a glass side panel would be nice.
Long time corsair case user, this Fractal is a bit more than the 300R, but has more options, filters and overall, has a better quality look to it. I placed a Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 (black motherboard), and accented the interior of the system with Power Cooling white modular power supply and white corsair vengeance low profile ram, along with the stock white drive rails and the white fans, this case is really beautiful on the inside. Great cable management, and the ability to hold up to 7 fans (I used three stock fans...moving the top fan to front, for a total of 2 front intake fans, then used Corsair H-100 with 2 x 120 intake on top ( the addition of the top air filter here was perfect to keep rad clean of dust)and kept 140mm exhaust fan in rear. The 3 fans included with the case are controlled by the included 3 channel fan controller, and the two fans on the H-100 controlled by settings on the cpu block. With all five fans running, even at high settings, system is very quiet. System is overclocked from 3300 MHz to 3700Mhz and the temps do not exceed 45 degrees at 100 OCCT test loads. Currently, free shipping on entire order, which typically saves you enough to pay for the case. This case definitely hits a home run for value, looks and performance!!!

Experience: 30 Days


simple looks
easy to orginize cables
used this case to build my first computer looks great and cable manegment was great

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Posted by: werty316 @02/07/13
Posted by: TheBigTroll @11/17/12
Comment: Video review from Gold Award - "The best midtower water-cooling option chassis on the market at the moment".
Posted by: jimbo32 @08/30/12
Comment: Legit Bottom Line: Fractal Design has a winning chassis with the Arc Midi Computer Case. The Swedish company produces a quality product in the grand fashion of many things Swede today.
Posted by: dht @06/09/12
Comment: Has an overall feel of quality and elegance without impacting cooling performance and expansion options.
Posted by: BernardP @03/20/12
Comment: review the Fractal Design Arc Midi and Mini
Posted by: bmwbaxter @12/22/11
Comment: Provides virtually all features the savvy user is looking for on a case, except it only has one USB 3.0 port.
Posted by: BernardP @11/11/11
Comment: Gettin' some love from Canada! Dan from TheTechSource.TV takes a look at the Ard Midi and walks away impressed
Posted by: Dan_TTS @10/05/11
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