edit: the original point of my thread here was solved, but it seems discussion of applying thermal grease, heatsinks, and cooling discussion has taken over. So discuss that in this thread if you want (how you do it - on the heatsink or on the cpu? do you like the intel method of mounting cpu & heatsink?) etctldr
my core 2 duo reached like 90C within seconds of turning on and I fear my grease applying skills suck, what are some good ways to do it and fix this.
So I spent the last couple of hours assembling my new computer from parts I got through Newegg. I am quite confident in myself when it comes to putting any piece of hardware in or removing - except for the processor. Im always very nervous that my grease wasn't enough, or too little, or not spread out enough etc and the past couple of times, I had an experienced friend do it.
Well, I was trying to put my Intel E8400 & heatsink/fan combo on my mobo and the cpu went in quite fine. But when it came to put on the stock heatsink/fan, I couldn't get the pin mechanisms down or to "click" in so I spent a long time watching videos on youtube of how other people did it so simply with barely a press whereas mine felt like they weren't snapping in quite the same.
Well, I took it off and looked at it to try again, but now the paste that came with it pre-applied was messed up. So I cleaned up the CPU & heatsink bottom up with some fingernail polish remover & coffee filter and then applied new grease from a tube. I spread it around on the bottom of the heatsink using my finger through a plastic bag and it looked good after a lot of spreading and smearing. So I smacked it down and clicked in the heatsink and assembled the rest of my comp.
Now heres the problem: I turn it on and it is cool to see my plan come to fruition, but Im cautious. I go to the BIOS and look at PC Health and notice my CPU is at 60C. Oh, now it is 63C. Now it is 65C. 70C. And in a matter of 10 seconds, it went to about 90C and I shut it off.
So now Im afraid to turn it on because oh god it is cooking.All the videos look so easy and yet I managed to messed it up.
This temperature is too high, correct? What do you guys do to clean up the old gunk and then what tricks do you use for applying the grease?
edit: For those who haven't read down a bit, one of the clips on the heatsink popped out. Works fine now - though I worry it will pop again...