CPU temp spiking. Time for cooling solutions?

Hi everyone!

According to AMD AI Suite II and HWmonitor, my CPU temperatures are spiking in BF3 (minimum specs but with 1920x 1080 32-bit rez) and War of the Roses. They spike from 36-42c idle to 68c within a minute of starting the games. The temp climbs quickly from there and I get warnings at 65c.

Mobo temp stays around 32c and GPUs stay around 45c with my case open.

I wanted to get your opinions on whether this is unusual with my specs before spending any more money.

I've already tried cleaning the CPU/heatsink with 99% Iso Alc and reapplying the thermal compound. Both thermal compound and fan are pretty generic/stock. So I'm already researching performance compounds and cooler towers.

Also I've set all my CPU settings to power save to try to cool it further. The only other thing I can think of is turning off some cores. Also, the CPU isn't overclocked.

Specs to follow ---------------

Motherboard: ASUS M5A99X EVO
CPU: AMD Phenom II 955 x4 3.2 GHz
Memory: 8192 MB
GPU: EVGA GTX 570 oc x2
OS: Win 7 64 bit

All Drivers are up to date using Driver Genius 11

I appreciate the help!
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  1. First of all, I would close the case to prevent dust buildup. I would consider a cheap aftermarket cooler like the Cooler Master Hyper 212+.
  2. Thanks, I ordered just that, with some well-reviewed fans.
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