Re: Is this pre-applied thermal paste?
No, it's alright. Eventually you can actually buy some after market thermal paste and just wipe the stock one of the cpu and heatsink. It depends if you really need it though, or if you're overclocking. For now, that stock one will do you fine, and putting your finger on it won't have any effect on it.
New build in progress, but this is what I got for now:
-AMD x2 5200+
-Asus M3A78-EM AM2+
-Buffalo 2x1gb ddr2 800
-Hitachi 250gb Sata HDD
-Antec Minuet Case w/ 350w psu
-Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit