I've got a Phenom II 940 @ 3GHz, idle temp is at 65 C! It was idling at 55 before I applied some AS5 today. I followed the instructions on the AS site for my CPU. I'm using an Arctic Cooler Pro 7 heat sink. I did notice the metal cpu cap has 3 or 4 substantial gouges which make the surface a little uneven. I struggled getting the cooler on when I first installed it last year. Could this be the reason? I checked a few different utilities and even the bios shows the same CPU temp. I've got the latest stable BIOS. Any ideas?
When i had the arctic cooler 7 on my amd cpu, it was very loose . i suggest tightening the bolts and checking you have put it on correct, If you are not able to get a lower idle temp try using the stock to see if it will go lower and if it does that means it's the cooler has a fault not the CPU
Here are pics of the proc. Sorry it took a while to get the pics up. It's not easy to get halfway decent photos that show enough detail. Think the small gouges would be enough to cause this? The cpu cooler looks fine, no bent fins, heat pipes are solid, fan working, etc. I don't see how it could be the cooler. I don't think I have the stock cooler anymore, but I will check.
I would recommend you wrap your hand in a brand new plastic bag and smother a little bit of thermal paste on the gouges to fill them up, only on the gouges. Then apply a small pea sized amount in the middle and apply the cooler afterwards. Think you should try the stock cooler this time.