I'm getting a Shuttle SK21G and I'm going to install a Sempron 3100+ (S754) into it. Basically how do I go about installing the CPU? It will be using the ICE heatpipe technology that comes with the Shuttle and not the usual stock fan and heatsink.
I'm pretty sure I know how to seat it. Just lift up the handle, drop it in (the right way) then lock the handle.
Do I spread thermal paste on the CPU or the heatsink? If so, how much (large square, small square?), how thick etc? (Which brands are good, bearing in mind I don't plan to overclock.)
How can I make sure before I turn on the machine I've done the job right so I don't fry it all up?
Thanks in advance for your help.