there has to be some sort of compound - be it the thermal pad which comes preapplied or a little bit of that white goop that gets everywhere. very thin amount at least, dont have straight metal to metal.
Yeah, the stock Intel HSF has three gray strips of thermal paste on the underside of the HSF which sits on top of the CPU.
Sorry, but I am probably one of those "stupid people" .... With the three gray strips of thermal paste on the underside of the HSF, do I have to peel something off, or am I good to go? I already installed my HSF and now I don't know if I need to remove it or not, and don't want to go through the hassle if it's not necessary! Please advise