The chip may be able to handle that temperature but I think mobo's still have the emergency shutdown to protect it at around 70C since long periods at those temps, you are damaging it. Mine is at that anyways.
SlowChemical wrote:Temp1 had that little flame symbol as soon as I turned the computer on, though you seemed to say ignore it correct?
Yeah don't worry about it, like I said, it is a sensor on the mobo that probably is a spot where hot air is blowing over it, or hot air is kinda trapped there. You are mostly concerned about the cores, which seem fine and don't worry about your GPU temp, mine is frequently at 60C.
I agree with Ensa here, sounds like a Win7/driver problem. Make sure you have the latest mobo firmware, I know some mobos released firmware updates for win7. Try reinstalling your important drivers (vid card, sound, etc) making sure to uninstall your old ones first. Did this start happening right when you install win7 or can you think of something you may have done (installed something/uninstalled) around the time you remember this started to happen? Make sure you do a windows update too, they sometimes release updates that can fuck things up (I remember one time they released one that caused BSOD's on my machine) and they will later release a fix.
This MAY also be a hard drive failure. My hard drive shit the bed a couple months ago and what you described with the freezing and stuttering is exactly what happened leading up to it's complete demise in which I couldn't even re-format it. I can't remember if I got BSOD's though.... I don't think so, I think everything just froze and I had to shut it down. This is a big maybe though, as like I said, I don't think I got BSOD's and your computer is practically new.