I just installed a new i5 Sandy Bridge on an Asus P67 Sabertooth board. When I first turned it on, I received a Bios error stating there was a CPU overheating issue. I was able to navigate to the Bios settings, and the temp said 100ºC. That's obviously wrong because the computer was only on for less than a minute.
So, I ignored it and tried installing windows, etc.
I got nervous though as I read more with how bad or nonexistent thermal paste and burn out a CPU. I didn't apply any thermal paste because the heatsink came with stuff already on it. But I got nervous it wasn't properly applied, so I removed the heatsink. I saw that it was applied for the most part, and saw no issue, so immediately put the heatsink back on the CPU.
Now -- my question:
Do I need to scape off the stock thermal paste and apply my own since I removed the heatsink for a few seconds, or will I be fine?
Some data points:
- using RealTemp, my CPU was clocking around 33ºC consistently.
- the stock thermal paste spread over about 2/3rds of the CPU.