Hi, first post here, just got an R4 and I'm spec'ing out the parts. Been googling like mad trying to figure out what cpu cooler I can fit with a side fan, hopefully you guys can help me.
FD says max height of 170mm with no side fan. So I was going to use a Noctua C14. But there is a post I found that says a D14 will fit with a side fan. http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/archive/2075034
Board is an Asus Z87 Pro. First slot is pcie x1.
The coolers I'm interested in are Noctua D14 or u14s. I'd prefer the u14s but it is 165mm height vs 160 for D14. U14s is also 150mm wide vs 140 for D14.
Can anyone confirm that these will fit with a 140x140x25 side fan?
If either of those coolers won't fit, how about a Hyper 212 EVO or u12s? I'm assuming those aren't a problem but I want to make sure.
Sorry to make this post so long but can I also solicit advice on airflow? I'm thinking 2 front + 1 side intake and 1 rear + 1 top exhaust. Maybe A14 pwms in front and rear and the stock FD fans for side and top. I'm guessing I don't want strong airflow on the side mount, is that wrong?
I could also max out on fans, and I would if it would help, but I'm not sure it would. I worry it might actually hurt, with bottom intake altering airflow for the worse. For a max fan setup I'd probably use stronger fans (a14pwm) in front and rear and less airflow on side, bottom and top (FD R2 140s).
Anyway I love the look and feel of this R4, my only gripe is being unable to mount Thermalright fans in front, side and top. (I don't want to mod deal with modding the fans). The TYs are so much cheaper than the Noctuas and just as good IMHO so I'd love to use those.