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Well, like people have said, you could try reseating your cooler. Also, if you're using crappy TIM (and poorly applied, to top it off), that would easily add quite a bit of heat.
How much is too much? Too much is when the paste spreads beyond the IHS. Normally, you should only need about a rice-grain-sized dot of paste in the middle; maybe just a teeny bit more.
And get some decent TIM. Factory silicon pastes are usually POS. With a wad of AS5/MX-2/3/4/Whatever other decent TIM alone you should get ~10-15C lower temps.
Also, when was the last time you measured your temps before reseating the heatsink? Since you did that ~3 months ago, I'd imagine you were still far from experiencing the scorching summer ambient temps which, in turn, result in higher system temps.
Little by little, it all adds up.
     
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