[quotemsg=17094057,0,83333]Yeah that would do it. I'd be surprised if you were making even light contact between the pump and the CPU. [/quotemsg]
It's definitely making contact as the first apply was smushed down. I reapplied the thermal paste at first because I thought maybe I hadn't placed enough (my assumption was correct), but It was still running pretty hot. It's idling at about 50c and a stress-test instantly sent it to 98c. I'll try removing the bracket and using the other screws.