I just installed my new Xigmatek HTD-s1238 ontp my Q6600 in my Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L.
I had a nightmare time getting the Inel style push pins to lock into position. I think in all the fuss I got a bad spread on my thermal grease. My cores usually have a 4-5 degree range from core #0 to core #3. Should I go through the hassle of re-applying the paste.
Right now I'm trying an gentle OC to 2.8gigs and my highest temp is 59C. The lowest is 55C. How much trauma does 59C give to a CPU in a "long-run" outlook?
I guess I just want to know if its worth the hassle to bust everything up, buy some real thermal paste (AS5 instead of Xig brand) and try to get an even coverage? (I don't know if this is possible with the difficulty involved in snapping the LGA 775 pins into place.)
On a slighty unrelated note. The Xigmatek cooler sports HDT, Heatpipe Direct Touch, with means the cooler surface isn't one even plane. It has some voids and grooves. Xig packages the cooler with a "protective" sticker over the base. In peeling this off I was left with all the sticker glue and it took me about an hour to scrape and dissolve it away. Needless to say there was a little residue left when my patience ran out and also some was lodged into the afformentioned grooves. Is anybody scared about this? Should I be really worries that this glue is still on my cooler face a little?