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Hey folks, new here. I purchased my new P03-630 (i7 11700F/GTX-3070) a couple months ago and it's a great setup for my needs, I'm not a hardcore gamer or social media influencer so I don't need anything top of the line as I just can't afford it anyway, so this fit the bill. It's paired with a Dell S2722DGM monitor running everything at 1440p. So far, I've upgraded the RAM to 32GB, added a second 2TB 7200rpm HDD for gaming and upgraded the CPU cooler to the Noctua U9S chromaxblack and I'm using the glass side panel. So far the system seems to be running ok with high end games like Cyberpunk 2077 and Modern Warfare (2019), I can also play Fallout 4 all maxed out at 1440p with minimal frame drop in dense areas. But of course, I'd like some cooler temps.
So, I've been looking at different posts here to get ideas since my options are limited with such a small case. First, I'm pondering on swapping the 2TB HDD to a NVMe 2TB and using the second slot next to the RAM, and being I don't use the 1TB drive it came with, I'll simply remove the hard drive bay to open that space. Two things with this idea... First off has anyone actually seen a vast improvement with the drive bays removed? Secondly, can anyone recommend a decent NVMe 2TB drive with good read/write speeds for moderate gaming?
Next idea I have is removing the mesh behind both the front and rear fans, especially the front. I would also like to upgrade the fans to the Noctua 92mm ones, however I saw a post where someone did this and had a negative experience with it and put the Frostblade fans back in. I couldn't care less about the color changing of the fans so I'm all for performance over looks.
Lastly, with regards to the glass vs. metal side panel, while the glass is cool and flashy I am curious about the metal side panel with the mesh vents and if it would allow better ventillation. I was also considering swapping back to the metal mesh side panel and adding a fan to the inside, facing the CPU cooler to add more cool air directly to the CPU while the front fan sends more cool air to the PSU and GPU.
With these ideas, what do you all think? I'm up for suggestions and opinions, you won't offend me. Thanks folks.
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