Phenom II 955 BE High Load Temp


I have a AMD Phenom II 955 BE with an ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO motherboard. I've had this CPU overclocked for about a year now to 4 GHZ and never had a problem until recently when I moved to Hawaii and had my PC shipped through UPS. I ended up having to replace my Sapphire 6950 and PSU from "rough handling" and now that it is running again I've noticed that my load temps while gaming have gone up by quite a bit. This CPU used to run 26C idle and max 45C during extended gaming sessions, and is now running 35C idle and 60+C in 10 minutes on just about any game (Ex: Diablo 3, BF3, Saint's Row 3, Dirt 3, etc...) is this a possible bad CPU?

System Specs: Phenom II 955 BE, M4A88TD-V EVO, 8GB G.Skill DDR3 1600, Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 OC, XFX PRO 850W XXX Series PSU, all in an Antec 300 Case with the stock 200mm top fan, 120mm stock rear fan, and 3 Cooler Master R4-L2R-20AC-GP 120mm fans (LOTS of airflow)

EDIT: I forgot to mention that the PC feels slower when loading, it's been awhile since I have played games on it (it was down for about 3 months) but loading times when initially starting a game seem really slow, like several minutes to load a game like BF3.
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  1. Have you tried cleaning off the old thermal paste and reapplying new?
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