Originally Posted by CuriouslyHigh
I think I'm a n00bish ocer.
Or maybe my HSF is badly seated. I don't think it should be in the 70's at complete stock.
I'll set my vcore to what yours is and mess with that then.
Before I do this I'll set my system to complete stock and compare benchmarks with you. =D
Don't feel bad, I was hitting about the same temps using my E6300 until I slapped on an Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro and a line of Arctic Silver 5. Now I'm running at 35-36c idle and 40-45c gaming, 60c under full stress load.
Your HSF may very well be seated improperly. A technique I learned is to push the knobs in kitty-corner (opposite corners). First the top right, then bottom left then top left then bottom right. If I don't seat it in that order, my system won't even POST. In fact, I thought I had a dead motherboard the first time and it turned out it just needed to be seated a certain way.
You may not even need a 3rd-party so long as you wipe off the old thermal paste, maybe lap it (if you want to bother with all that), and then apply some 5 dollar Arctic Silver 5. Dropped my temps originally (using the stock HSF) from 60 idle down to 50 idle, and when I added the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro it went down to the 30's, which is where you want it to be.
You pretty much don't want the processor to hit 60c even under load, but using a good 3rd-party HSF makes a huge difference.
You could also ditch one of the multipliers and then drop your vcore. That will dramatically improve temps at the cost of a few MHz.