Stuff I did:
- Remounted fan
- Set smartfan to manual and 100%
- Disabled "turbo mode" for my CPU using the MOBO tuning software.
I've gone down about 10 C from what I was before, on all fronts. The turbo mode disabling seemed to make the biggest difference, and I don't notice any real performance hit.
Other than that, this thing scares me. I've been so used to enduring choppy framerates from new games, but I put something in front of this nightmare creature, crank every little slider I can find to max, and it rips it apart. I'm afraid it's going to try to kill me next.
Thanks to you guys for helping me out with building it.
Edit: Scratch that, apparently turbo mode got turned on again after I reset those BIOS settings. So it's at these temps solely from the changes you guys suggested. For the record, I REALLY hate these plastic mounting tabs.