I have been changing the hardware in my computer for a few times, but always with Intel chips. This is the first time I have used an Athlon chip and was surprised when it arrived that the entire top of the chip is covered with a metal cover. Do you add the thermal paste directly to that metal cover than add the cpu cooler, or does that metal cover come off. I am used to seeing the silicon not this cover.
Its an Athlon 64 3200+ with a Arctic Cooling Silencer 64 Ultra
I beg of all you newbies please stop with the "Noob 'whatever' question." I've been seeing too much of it lately, the only stupid question was the one that wasn't asked. I would much rather you ask the question rather that have you fvck up your hardware, no one likes that and its a shame when it happens when it could have been prevented.