Are you using an aftermarket cooler?
What case are you using?
What Operating system are you using?
Monitoring and tests
Prime95(CPU stability test)
Memtest 86(memory error test)
Wprime(calculation speed test)
3D mark 06/vantage(Video benchmark)
PC mark(PC performance test)
HWmonitor( monitors system voltages, temps and frequency)
If you run any of the tests (except memtest86) you should use HWmonitor to monitor temps and dont let temps go over 60c.
Cleaning and optimization
WinAso (clean, defrags registry, optimizes windows settings, and cleans history)
If using XP TweakUI (alows you to tweak windows settings)
Also make sure you defrag hard drives (except SSD)
No, I am not using an aftermarket cooler.
I am using a case I got off my friend, but I don't know the name of it. Either way, it doesn't seem that great for cooling.
It's been about 5 - 6 months since I installed this rig and applied the thermal and everything.
Ok if you have the option install some more fans or purchase another case, good air flow is a must, also if you have some extra money I would definitely purchase an aftermarket cooler. The Hyper 212+ is a great budget cooler If the case is large enough. The cooler is about 5.2in tall so if the case is at least 7.5in wide your good.
If not like geofelt said remove the side cover and use a small house fan and see if temps drop. I would also re-apply the thermal paste and re-seat the heatsink.
Hmm, thanks for the suggestions. I think I'll buy a fan or two and shift the cbales around and make everything neater. I'm going to college in about a year, so I don't think plumping about $100 on a computer is worth it anymore, as I'm not a computer addict as I used to be.