As long as you removed the black plastic piece and you have the processor seated right your fine. Just drop the cover and pull the lever down. The amount of force that you have to use to put that lever down is definatly suprising. That Ting ting sound your hearing happend with my gigabyte motherboard also.
It says to remove paste if you already have paste on the processor from a previous heat sink just spread a layer of arctic silver over the top and pop on the heatsink.
What i do is put an ok size drop of paste in the center then i usually get a sandwitch back and pully it tight over my finger and then spread it over the whole top of the processor that way you know there isnt a spot not covered by the paste.
Alot of people just put a drop and let the weight of the heatsink spread it but i like to make sure there isnt any dry spots.
Edited by Lucky23, 19 December 2008 - 04:24 PM.