So I've tried the following:
Two coolers, CM Hyper N520 and Corsair A50 (currently using the A50)
Thermal compound, ceramic, and now AS5
Tried a "pea sized amount" as according to the instruction manual, a .5mm coat over the processor, and a line over each direct contact copper connection, all yielding the same results
Remotely mounted the PSU in order to prevent any hot air from being blown onto the heatsink (the case isn't the best, but any possibility of it's design flaws have been ruled out)
Changed the stock fan to a Scythe 110 CFM, then added a second one with silicone fan mounts
Changed the exhaust fan from a 64 cfm fan to the Scythe, flipped it around and have that fan feeding cool air to push through the second Scythe
ALL of the above has made NO difference. The only drop in temperatures that I've been able to produce results with was changing the BIOS from 1204 to 1401. I'm not ready to invest in water cooling, but I think it'd be kind of ridiculous to have to go to a high end solution just to get decent temps at stock settings, let alone if I ever overclock (and that's a big IF). The only thing I can think of is to change out the motherboard with something that might have more accurate sensors? Please, for the love of God help!