Ever since I saw the Zalman Reserator 1 I've been wanting to get one for my mATX desktop case but I'm a newbie
with watercooling so I'd like to get some things right before I end up making a mistake.
As I said, I have a desktop mATX case, Coolermaster 620C to be specific, and inside, a fairly high powered system to tackle 3d modeling (P4 2,8Ghz, ATi 9800pro with VGA silencer and so on..). The case has pretty bad airflow in general and thus runs fairly hot (CPU temps still manage to stay a bit under 60C when really stressed).
Now if I were to use the Reserator to cool the CPU, am I correct in assuming that it takes the heat out of the case and doesn't leave it radiating inside? If yes, doesn't it mean that the system/motherboard temps should be better since one of the hottest components, the CPU, doesn't contribute to the temperature inside the case like in aircooling? This would really prove helpful because one of the two motherboard temperature diodes is reporting near 50C temperatures when the computer is under heavy load (The Intel motherboard manual reports the "operating temperature" as 0C to 55C, which is the reason why I'm a bit worried).
I'm not really interested in improving the CPU temperature since it's within tolerable limits but if it did improve I wouldn't mind. My primary goals would be to a) keep the rest of the system fairly cool b) eliminate the noise of the YS Tech 80mm [email protected]
which is cooling the CPU and c) to slow down the accumulation of dust in the case by lowering the overall airflow inside.
Any insight into external watercooling is appreciated