I'm pretty sure it's spread evenly, and yes it was around a grain of rice. When I redo it should I do a thin coating on both the cpu and the cooler?
The fan does spin, and moves a fair amount of air at that. Default bios settings have it on quite a high fan speed. I haven't looked for cpu temps in the Bios yet, but again, when i get into Bios and it hangs fairly soon afterwards. (30 seconds or so)
And yes, the cooler was all that I changed, but not all that I plan on changing. I have 3 new drives and a raid card ready to go in later, but i'm installing windows 7 on the ssd and then later raiding the two wd greens. Should I hold off on this until I get it booting on what I have now, or would trying out new HDD's hurt?