hm,, right, are u using ur own cooler? or that came with CPU?
as I have still this 3000+ (333 Bus) AMD in my use, and its cooler is made of copper (fins as well)
if u r using thermal paste (then first remove the previous with isopropyl alcohol.
then apply about half grain of rice (assuming u r using artic silver, whicn is a well recommended),
do not apply more than that, as told u earlier, that the surfacrs are never always perfecrly flat, so to fill in this gap, these thermal iinterfaces are used to avoid blank spaces.
Intel Core2Quad 2.66Ghz 12MB L2-Cache
4096MB DDR Kingston Hyper-X
XFX 9600GT AlphaDog
Seagate 2 X 320GB SATA2
LG L246WH Flatron 24"