I recently bought a new Amd athlon II x4 3.0ghz cpu to replace my amd atlon II x2 2.9ghz. It's not like I really needed it, but had the money, and my motherboard supported it. I put it on easily, but decided to go back and use a qtip to dust under where the cpu was. I did this about 12 hours after putting in on. When I took it back off some of the thermal paste that was pre-applied is on the processor and the rest on the heatsink and fan. I just stuck heatsink and fan back on it. Is this unevenness going to cause a problem, like bubbles or gaps between the paste? I know this may sound like nothing but I didn't want this to cause a major problem. Am I fine or in deep water?
YOu probably would get away with it, but generaly its good practice when you remove a cooler to clean all the thermal paste of it, and then re-apply a good qaulity paste something like arctic silver or MX5 compound would do. Or even better go and buy an after market cooler with paste pre-applied even one of these(Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev 2 CPU Cooler) which are very cheap would be better than using the AMD stock cooler.