Originally posted by PoisonPorkchop
I know I should but I'm kind of scared to do that :| does anyone have a picture of someone doing that so I could see how much to put on and how thick to make it? Also, can someone suggest a good Heatsink/fan?
ah no reason to be scared.
Handling the CPU you just need to be very cautious. Make sure your fingertips are clean and don't have any Thermal Paste on them. Hold the CPU at the very edges. DON'T touch the pins & DON'T bend the pins. There are several threads on TF about applying Thermal Paste.
As far as a good HS & FAN... I personally like the Zalman 7000 or the 9500. Both are compatible with your set up.
Wire management, takes a bit of patience. But if it's done right... It makes a huge difference. I would first take out your PSU and wire sleeve the wires. This is time consuming, but looks great. Pick a color, may-be some UV reactive sleeving.
Get yourself some colored lock ties too. Use the chassis to lock tie any loose wires to.
The key is, take your time with your transfer. In the end you'll be much happier.