Ok so I custom made my own computer for the first time
First things first.. When I installed it I took off the paste that was provided and then I followed arctic silver's instructions and placed a vertical line over the processor. The thing that worried me was that I saw 'cpu temperature error press f1 to resume" so.. I decided to go back to open BIOS and it said my temperature was at 63 degrees celsius which I thought was kind of high.
THEN I went back to try to apply more thermal compound and stuff (after cleaning it off with a slightly damp paper towel and completely dried off and no residue left). I re-applied it and when I went to check my power temperature again, it started at 63 and slowly went up by .5 every 2 seconds.. So after a while it went up to 73 and I immediately shut it off.. I tried this with ALL of my fans on high (using the Antec 900 two gamer case) and im really worried about my temperature being so high in idle state..
Do you have speedstep and eist enabled in the bios?
From the picture your application of the thermal compound looks perfect.
The fan on the heatsink is operating right? I know you said that you checked the pins on the heatsink to make sure that they are all the way thru the motherboard but they can't be! I would remove the motherboard and mount the cooler.That way you can be 100% sure it's mounted correctly. To get those kind of temps at idle the heatsink is either loose or defective.