Alright, so I have a couple of confessions to make...
A few weeks ago, I tried overclocking with stock cooling, just to see if I could. I got it running at 3.0GHz stably, can't remember temps. I attached my Freezer 7 Pro (using the thermal pad that came on it -- I cleaned the CPU surface prior to attaching it, though) to see if I could do anything more. When I turned on my computer, I ran Prime 95 to test it, and it immediately shot past 80°C, so I panicked and shut it off. I decided to let it idle for the night, and check the temperatures in the morning. Overnight, it had gone up to 125°C and stayed 100°C+ for about 2 minutes, and then dropped back down to 80, where it stayed for most of the night (fluctuating between 85°C and 60°C, but staying mostly nearer to the high end).
I shut my computer down and was running off an old laptop until I got my new thermal paste and graphics card. After it arrived, I cleaned everything with rubbing alcohol, tinted both surfaces with Arctic Silver 5, horizontal line of the stuff across the processor's metal cap, and then attached the heatsink/fan. After starting my computer up, it idled at 50°C for a second and then went up to 60°C. I thought it would be closer to the 40-50°C that people reported with this fan, but I figured I'd give it a try. Running Prime 95, though, sent it up to 85°C again.
I recleaned and reseated my Freezer 7 Pro, and it idles with 0% load at 50°C, but if I do anything, it shoots up to 60°C and 100% load sends it up to 85°C again.
Can I get some help? ._.