This is my first build since I used to put together beige boxes out my old man's out-modded components back in the early 00's. It's been laptops and second-hand towers since then, but I decided to use my first work bonus to treat myself to some sealed hardware.
Purpose: I wanted a PC that could give me a decent Battlefield 4 experience (currently 60/1080p, not upgrading anytime soon), as I have been struggling through 25-30 fps with my machines since Battlefield: Bad Company 2. Running future titles well in the future was also a consideration
Budget: I wanted to stay under $1000 total, but after reading some of the build guides here and using other resources on /r/buildapc I realized an $800 build was very doable.
Results: I haven't had too much time to stress test, but playing BF4 on Ultra on 64-player maps gives me peaks of 50 and 78 degrees C for the CPU and GPU, respectively. Dropping the settings down to High didn't result in a noticeable difference.
Thoughts: Though the manufacturers' literature indicate those temperatures are within the normal operating tolerances, I do want to tweak the airflow setup in the case so as to keep dust out. Pictures 3 & 4 show the dust collection from the week after initial build during which I had the computer off about 50% of the time. My apartment is pretty dusty (old carpet, pet dander/fur) so I think I need to add some more fans to create a positive pressure environment when I'm using the PC and possibly use one of those throwback grade school PC covers when I'm at work. I was thinking a Prolimatech Ultra Sleek 140mm input on the bottom (the case will be on a desk), an SP140 input on the lower side panel grill adjacent to the GPU, and an SP140 exhust fan in the top back corner above the CPU.
Questions: I'd really appreciate some feedback from you all, especially regarding extra fan placement/necessity. 1. Is the potential input to exhaust ratio high enough to keep dust out? 2. Will the the 2 chassis fan inputs on the MoBo be enough to use some splitter magic and optimize airflow using the MoBo controls or should I get a fan controller to manipulate fan speeds for different uses? 3. Besides dust filters for the inputs, should I get filters for the vents as a whole (side, back, top) to keep external dust out of the case or will the positive pressure environment take care of that issue when the computer is in use? I like how the fitted DEMCiflex kit for the 200R keeps everything looking nice, but I don't want to hinder airflow or trap dust inside if the positive pressure will make them counter-productive.
Thanks for reading!