For your workload, I cant know for certain with heat. But my normal day/usage, one note (sometimes 2 open), word, pdf, few browser tabs, outlook, nextgen reader, line, and slacker/Spotify/iTunes. Sometimes a few more things, but this is my normal active/open programs throughout my day. with those uses, haven't noticed even fan kicking on very often, let alone run higher temps. So just like 'naked' SP3. When I use lightroom/sony vegas pro 13, it heats up and throttles just the same as it did 'naked'. Don't know exactly if its more/less than before, but id say its the same. My honest opinion, is case might add a few degrees. That's it.