amd x2 6400+ black edition, ocz reaperx 4gb, zalman 9700, asus m2n32-sli deluxe...
got win 2003 enterprise 64-bit running on it... but before i even bothered installing anything i went right into the bios (like any geek does with a new rig). my main concern is the fact that im hovering (in the bios upon first boot), at 40 degrees C. now, it pretty much never went above 40, maybe 41 or so but no higher. took the HSF off removed all the thermal and reapplied, same deal. so i started questioning maybe the probe was/is bad, needless to say i get windows installed run pcprobe II and im now sitting at 30c/87f.
My main concern is, will this go down over the course of the next few days (like the zalman book says "over the next 7-10 days it will get "optimal performance") or is this something more serious? also, pcprobe is saying my mobo is sitting at 28c/82f
like i said, my main concern is when should i actually "worry" about temps? i.e. what is a "high, but not high enough to fry anything temp"?
Your thermal paste needs a week or so to "peak".....Continued on / off cycles will help it set and you should see stable temps in 7 - 10 days as long as you let the machine cycle on and off and not leave it running 24/7.