Please could someone advise me on what the average temperture an AMD XP200+ cpu should run at?
At the moment I have it running at 60c (idle)and when it is given some work to do it can climb anywhere into the low 70s.
The spec of my pc is as follows:
AMD Athlon XP2000+ cpu
Zalman Flower Cooler
Soltek SL75 DRV5 motherboard
256mb Crucial DDR memory
Lian Li Aluminium Case (2 fans in the front and an exhaust fan in the rear).
Enermax 350W PSU (dual fan)
80Gb IBM Deskstar HDD
I have recently changed my cooling solution from a Thermaltake Volcano 7+ to the Zalman flower cooler. The problem with the Volcano was the noise generated by the fan and the temperatures were still quite high, they were in the mid 50s (idle) and getting into the low 60s after being worked. The thermal compound that I had been using was some Coolermaster stuff, I have recently changed to the Artic Silver 3.
Am I expecting too much for my temp range being in the high 30s to low 40s? I have read that the XP processors can run as high as a 100c. I would like to overclock in the future, but with the temps being as they are, there doesn't seem to be much point as I suspect that there could be some problems.
Is there anything I could do to make sure there is full contact between the heatsink and cpu?
Any advise on this matter would be most welcome.