UPDATE: Now I'm terrified. My MoBo is reporting idle temperatures in the low 40s...
...just like Core Temp.
I'll be re-applying that thermal paste now, and possibly drilling several large holes in the case until I can drum up enough last-minute scratch to get a better heat sink.
So, Kentai Films is less "Back" after all. In this case, we should refer to "Behind the Mask"...
Here's a depressing fact; two after market case fans had an effect of roughly 1 degree Celsius at the cost of making my rig sound like a goddamn jet engine. At that point, I'd rather my PC purr like a kitten than scream like a banshee.
Having since experimented with video encoding using all four cores at once, it looks like my core temperature is about 58 degrees, but the actual CPU temperature is holding steady around 51 degrees. That's far from ideal, mind you, but as my CPU is theoretically safe until about 62 degrees - and hell, I can't get CCE to use more than 1 core properly anyway - I guess it'll have to do.
What, you expected Lordi's cover?
Expect me to get off my lazy ass and finish some new DVDs once I've got everything back under control.