I'll be swapping out the stock Define R4 fans with 2 quieter ones. Must be 140mm, low RPM, motherboard controlled
Try the included fans first, this are 1000rpm 140mm fans, that can be drop down with the R4 controller to 5v, or if you prefer with FanXpert2, but the fan do go low so you might be fine with them. If you still find them not good enough after testing them, my recommendation comes from SPCR Second 140 mm Fan Roundup: Antec, bequiet!, Corsair, Scythe
, while the phantek score good on the first roundup, there are two version, the one that SPCR reviewed has 4 points on the frame (v2), the more commonly sold atm is the old version (v1) with 3 points support, weather its the same or not idk, but this version was not reviewed by SPCR. In the second roundup (linked above) the antec quiet 140 did great and its cheap, so this is what i would use on R4.
- Thermalright TY-141 (I've read these are better that the TY-140s when in a vertically mounted position due to their bearing)
The TY141 is imo a good fan, but it not a standard 140, its weird frame (120mm mounts with 140 blades). It wont fit on the front of the R4 with screws, it can be done with zip ties, but i wouldnt bother if you have access to the antec quiet 140. Btw the TY147 is the same as the TY141 just in black/white, just in case you like something hat maches more the R4 colors.
- Phanteks PH-TC14PE
- Thermalright Silver Arrow SB-E (or SB-E Extreme), or some other Thermalright cooler - availability isn't great on these in Canada, though
- Prolimatech Genesis with a set of 140mm fans from the above list
- Something else? Be Quiet?
Phantek is a great cooler, as most twin towers is expensive. I would prefer Theralright HR02 Macho out of price/performance, but searching in canada is hard to find and if found its expensive, thermalright SilverArrow SBE would be my choice for a high end cooler if were to plan to overclock, specially the new version is massive with 150mm fan, it rivals entry lvl watecooling kits, but again if you dont have access to thermlright i think phantek will do great, in some reviews against the old silver arrow it won, but i havent seen against the new 8 pipe SBE version. Another option is the Noctua NH-D14 the first twin tower cooler and still can hold its own, but it doesnt come with pwm fans, so its up to you. Just as comment its rummor that the succesor, of the NH-D14 (probably NH-D15) will be released before years end, with the A15 PWM fans, one cooler that im looking forward, so is the upcoming Thermalright HR22 which should enter production very shortly to hit retail before years end... but this are all rumors nothing confirm from the manufacturers.
PSU: Kingwin LZP-550 (Choice was between this and a Be Quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 550w. I liked the idea of a passive PSU below a certain temp so I chose this. If anyone here has a better ~550w recommendation, shoot)
Wonderful PSU, reviewed by SPCR and got the editors choice, i think you cant go wrong with it, even matches the R4 theme with the black n white. The only other PSU i would recommend is the totally passive Kingwin Striker 500 or Rosewill SilentNight 500, both the same PSU, as the LZP550, this is also manufactured by SuperFlower, and also both were reviewed by SPCR and got editors choice, its a very good PSU, with either you should be good.
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (with extra noise dampening)
Great case, i had one come to me a couple of months ago with a dent so i didnt use it yet, but a new one is coming in couple of weeks. I like a lot its plain laid back style, the only thing i wished different is they should design the fans to mount to the chassis, i find inconvinient the extra plastic thing, specially to have to move it to take the fan filter, i like more the design of the ARC MIDI 2 for the frontal found monting and easy of removal of the frontal fan, this is just me nitpicking, the R4 is great though. Btw if you are not going with mechancial or need much space you could also go micro ATX with something like Silverstone TJ08-E / PS07.
RAM: Crucial Ballistix 16gb
Just as a recommendation, i personally like Crucial memory, but they have a Ballistix sport super low profile, very nice memory, specially for someone looking to install a twin tower cooler like the phanteks, so if you can go for it, its the same price, and it should give you greater flexibility on whatever cooler you chose and upgrade down the road. I bought this expecting the NH-D15 that i might try down the road if i move back to ATX with an R4 and sli for a 4k monitor =)