Hello there! I'm new to these forums. I'm not even sure if I'm posting to the right place.
I have a problem with my new Zalman Reserator 1 water cooling system. I've bought it recently and it is up and running, but its efficiency is troubling me.
My config is an ASUS A7V600 Motherboard with an AMD Athlon XP 3000+ Barton CPU at its default speed of 2166Mhz. I also have a GeXCube Radeon 9600XT videocard. I have a Zalman CPU water block and a water block for the GPU.
I have ASUS probe (v2.24) installed. I can monitor my CPU temperature with it. After I turn on the system it shows around 30°C. Then I leave my computer as it is (Windows desktop) with no CPU activity and after an hour or so it heats up to about 65°C. I think this is already abnormal... When I start using it for 3D applications like 3D games then the temperature keeps getting higher to about 76°C and even 80°C. Sometimes the system freezes at this point (in a figurative sense
) and that's no surprise.
If I'm right then this is not as it is supposed to be. If I understand it correctly the CPU should not be allowed to work at a temperature of 60°C or higher for a long period of time. This shortens the life of the CPU dramatically (as I've heard).
The Reserator circulates 2.5 liter destilled water.
What did I do wrong? What can I do to fix this?
Thank you for your answers in anticipation!