Note that CPUs are spec'd to go well above 60c, and for reference, GPUs can go even higher (my HD6950's climb up to 90c under load and stay there).
The CPU fan speed looks normal for a stock HSF, and I've seen considerable noise come out of them before. They usually quiet down though. A better perspective would be to monitor fanspeed idle at the desktop, and then with all cores fully loaded; monitoring core temperature side by side.
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The system is not new - it is almost a year old (built around Sept. of 2010). Its not really the temperature that is worrying me. The Smart Fan is disabled in the BIOS meaning the the loud fan noise doesn't necessarily correspond to high CPU temperature. I just want the damn thing to shut up. But i am also kinda worried that something is going wrong.
CPU - AMD Phenom IIX4 955 3.2 GHZ
Memory - 4 GB RAM (DDR3 i think?!?)
HD - 1 TB 7200 RPM
CX430 Corsair PSU
GIGABYTE GA-880GMA-UD2H AM3 AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
you were right... i shouldn't have anything against CPU Smart Fan. It fixed it. Its exactly the opposite of what i was thinking. The CPU was cool but because the Smart Fan Control was disabled the fan was at full speed anyway. I feel kinda dumb. thanks for the help... i appreciate it.