I recently completed my first build and I'm running an FX-8350 with a Cooler Master Seidon 120M cooler. I have yet to overclock anything, but my idle temps are running around 26-28 with a spike to about 55-56 running Prime95.
Are these ranges good, or should I reinstall the cooler and reapply the thermal paste?
That's a great idle temp, but i'm surprised your prime 95 run got you that high, my air cooled (hyper 212+) 6300 @ 4GHz only hits 55ish when i run Prime 95. Then again, you're running 8 cores vs my 6, and at a 125w TDP, so that's not bad. You may want to ramp up the cooling profile a bit on the radiator fan, though really, you'll never see those temps in actual usage unless you're doing renders.
Thanks. As this was my first time with a "real" PC (not something packaged by Dell and overpriced), I was looking at the wrong number. I was going off socket temp (or, as it was labeled, CPU temp) and not core temp. I've since started monitoring core temp and overclocked my chip to 4.5Ghz. I am now hitting 62 under load and around 22 idling.