OK so lets see:
I was planning on sticking at around 2.6/1.4, but id take 2.7/1.45 if my temps will stay down. I have spoken to several people (that i trust) who have a 4200 or 3800 with a freezer 64 pro, and they have been able to run 2.7/1.45 without dangerous temps... high, but no higher than my IDLE. lol...55 aint that bad... FOR LOAD.
And no, i didnt run stability tests... I have had some trouble getting ANYTHING to run on vista since the drivers are so limited. but i was trying...lol... i did however push it a little- ran some games, etc... and it consistently shut down around 67c (according to cpu temp via bios). I thought that was the max temp for these, and 95c or so was for the single cores?
Anyways, either way, i should be idling 30-40, load 50 or a little over. this is ridiculous.
hmmm..i will try reseating the heatsink..i was a little iffy about that the first time, ill clean off the as5 real well and all... i dont think the psu is bad, all the voltages seem fine.
hmm about the sensor... if the sensor was bad... meaning, it thinks im at 67* when im really at 57*, for example, would THAT make my computer blue screen, or would it BS regardless of the temp sensor? getting a final answer on the am2 x2's temp limits would help.. (im googling). http://users.erols.com/chare/elec.htm
they list max case temp at 70c. that would mesh with my experience.
i think the sensor is right, the psu is fine, the cpu is fine, the mobo is fine. im putting my money on my poor installation... check back later...