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Recommended cooling for Haswell + GTX 770 axial in a mid-tower?

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I'm looking to build a new box for CPU and GPU overclocking. I'm not trying to set any records, but I'd like the extra performance from overclocking without killing my components.

Here's what I currently plan on using in the build:
  • CPU: i7-4770K
  • CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U14S
  • GPU: NVidia GTX 770
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte Z87X-UD4H
  • Case: Fractal Design Define R4
  • Storage: 1x SSD + 1x 7200 RPM HDD + 1x optical drive (all from my current build)
  • Extra cards: 1x mid-sized PCI-e x1 card
  • Extra case fans: I'll probably slap one on the side intake
  • Power supply: undecided, but good-quality
  • RAM: 2x 8G sticks, good-quality

Are there any red flags with this build or suggested alternatives for the case or cooling solutions?

If I get a GPU with axial fans, should I expect any trouble with this case?
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Case: CM Storm Enforcer - Gaming Mid Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0 and Windowed Side Panel

For the i7 4770k build I just completed, "Rig 2.0" I opted for a NH-C14.

It sits flatter in the case and the fan also cools the ram.

The only problem with this configuration is that it requires removal of the Noctua to change ram out.

So, you want to make sure you max ram out first go.

This case has very good airflow and I set it up intake from the front and exaust out the top:
Front: 200mm Red LED fan x 1, 1000 RPM, 19 dBA
Top: 200 mm black fan x 1 (optional ; can be swapped for two 120mm fans)

I'm not sure the Noctua NH-U14S would fit in my case, which is why I opted for the NH-C14 flat configuration.

My CPU cores are 24, 26, 27, 28 Celsius right now and under load around 50.
Edited by Case-2 - 6/5/13 at 9:50pm
Rig 2.0
(16 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-4770k MSI Z87-G45 2 GTX670s 16GB G.SKILL 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung ssd 840 pro 128gb LG Blu-ray BH14 Noctua NH-C14 Windows 8 64bit Pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
ASUS MX279H 27-Inch Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad Rosewill FORTRESS-750 CM Storm Enforcer 
MouseMouse PadAudioOther
Logitech G600 MMO Gaming Mouse SteelSeries QcK Gaming Mouse Pad (Black) Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D THX Logitech G13 Programmable Gameboard with LCD Di... 
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Rig 2.0
(16 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-4770k MSI Z87-G45 2 GTX670s 16GB G.SKILL 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung ssd 840 pro 128gb LG Blu-ray BH14 Noctua NH-C14 Windows 8 64bit Pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
ASUS MX279H 27-Inch Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad Rosewill FORTRESS-750 CM Storm Enforcer 
MouseMouse PadAudioOther
Logitech G600 MMO Gaming Mouse SteelSeries QcK Gaming Mouse Pad (Black) Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D THX Logitech G13 Programmable Gameboard with LCD Di... 
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