hey guys, i just read all your comments about your applying the thermal paste and excess heating of your CPU. so i tried to show people how to apply thermal paste with some easy steps at my forum. hope this come in hady for you all. check this out:
Hey, sorry if this post is a little old to res, but I don't use forums often so hopefully this will get read, but I have a very similar setup to you tim, I have the same CPU, CPU Heatsink + fan and the same Thermal paste, and my CPU is currently running at 74oC playing BF3 which is a little worrying, I do need to do a clean again but when I first reapplied the new thermal paste and used a can of air to clean it I was still running at higher than I expected too.. I'm wondering, could this be the heatsink?
Also, seems we may have both been using Ebuyer? ;P
try it out, just put a small bump in the middle like a grain of rice(2 piece) or something then just drop your cooler, drink your bottle of vodka in one shot, screw in the screws, load up your pc, check your temps and let it rip
Use your Vodkar and drink it, after that, use alcohol or isopropyl alcohol to clean both CPU and Cooler.
Don't use your finger to apply the TIM because this have grease and damage the TIM as soon as you touch it, use and old credit or debit card (clean it too with alcohol before use) to cover all cooler, then install it on CPU.
U should NEVER use a credit card to rub therrmal paste. The only and best way to do it is by putting a pea size dot in the center. The credit card method will fully spread the paste around. But once the cpu gets hot it will melt and fall off the cpu onto the mobo.