Nginx + APC

I have been changing my server configuration over to Nginx, and so far that is working, but I would also like to get APC working, but so far I have had no luck. I have installed apc to my home directory, and I have a .php-ini in my home directory with the apc configuration. I previously hade apc working with Apache+FastCGI, but for some reason it isn’t even showing up at all in the phpinfo().

I was reading online that most people user nginx in combination with php-fpm to get apc working. If so then I can do this, but I’d rather not create a setup which is so far configured from the default because I can see that creating problems in the future (software is updated, local config is not, things break!). I’m a noob when it comes to server configurations, so maybe I am wrong about this.

Please advise me on how to best handle this.