Posted 04 January 2010 - 03:00 PM
There is a slight chance the CPU was dammaged check for bent or missing pins this is usually what happens. I can say that on numerous occasions the processor comes off with the heatsink when I replace thermal paste and I haven't had one that has been damaged yet. As ThunderZ mentioned less is definatly more with thermal paste you want the least amount that will do the job. The function of the thermal past is to fill the microscopic voids in the two mating metals allowing heat to transfer efficently if you put too much on you will do the opposite and insulate the processor from the heatsink. Also make sure the heatsink fan is running properly and that its plugged into the CPU port on the motherboard. The motherboard monitors this connection to make sure the fan is running properly so the CPU does not overheat.
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