Since Core temperatures are 5c higher than CPU temperature, the corresponding Core temperature is 77c, regardless of the fact that Tjunction Max is 100c, which is shutdown temperature, and is far too hot for sane operation.
Which cooler are you using? In my mind, if the cooler is not even warm, how much heat could it be taking away from the CPU? I wouldn't be suprised if you could lower those temps significantly with a different cooler.
A thermal gradient of ~ 30c exists between the heat source (cores) and the CPU cooler components, such as the heat pipes and fins, which may typically only feel warm to the touch, even when the processor is at 100% workload with Prime95 Small FFT's and Core temperatures are at 60c. This is normal and expected, so it is not possible to accurately evaluate CPU cooler performance just by "touch".
Under the conditions decribed above, since goatfarmer's CPU temperature is 55c and Core temperatures are 60c, which shows the corredct 5c thermal relationship, I believe his uncalibrated temperatures are fairly accurate. Further, as I've already shown in my previous post that his temperatures are well within Intel's Thermal Specifications, I see no problems here.
Thanks for all the help and suggestions all! Problem has been solved. While I feel kinda stupid and a noob, and am debating whether or not to admit what I did wrong, I guess I will.
#1 - Poor application of thermal compoud. Not a good contact area on cooler.
#2 - There was a clear piece of protective plastic over the base of my heatsink that was pretty much impossible to see when I installed the cooler. Most things have a blue colored protective sheet that I have seen. This one was clear, and was the exact size of the cooler contact plate. So............the past year I have had a piece of plastic between my CPU and CPU cooler, and it was still giving me the aforementioned temps. Not bad considering the cooler was not doing much. I have since reinstalled the CPU cooler and am getting temps 15-20C cooler.
I feel like I have wasted some people's time with this post, but it is much appreciated. Maybe someone building a computer in the future will read this and it will pop in there head to check for that protective plastic, hence why I am admitting my stupidity. All I can say is "DOH" and just pay minute attention to everything in the future. LOL! Thanks again for all those that helped!