Thanks for everyones help. I am on the linux box posting this and keeping my fingers crossed. A friend gave me some thermal paste.
It looks like there was TONS of paste before, so I cleaned it all out, applied a thin new layer and replaced the cpu/fan.
Also, I found a couple of old cpu fans that plug into like the hard drive power pockets. These are old fans from pentium 200 mmx days.
I jury rigged both fans to point directly at the cpu/heatsink. I have another fan for exhaust on the side of the case. If this dosn't fix it,
I don't think anything will. Its surprisingly, not so horribly noisey, but when I get a chance I will try the wd40 on the fans.
Thanks guys, cross your fingers, this may work! Otherwise, I picked out a really nice quad core system, just not sure how I will pay
for that yet, but the solitaire argument with my wife won't work... She does need to check her mail occasionally, I'll use that excuse