ok so basically i was building my computer using a 2600k and a noctua nh-d14 about a week ago, and i had put everything together nicely, when i realised i had put the cpu cooler brackets on the wrong way, but by this time i had pressed the cooler down, reasonably hard onto the cpu in an effort to screw the things in, oblivious to the fact it was on the wrong way. This meant it was obviously in contact with the cpu, and the thermal paste.
so i realised i had done this and took the cpu off and switched the brackets and put it on again correctly this time, using the same thermal paste. The paste was now not smooth but kind of bumpy and yucky.
I thought at the time perhaps i should have reapplied that but tbh i had to take my previous one apart first etc etc and i had been going at it for like 2 hours already and i just cba.
The cpu is not ridiculously hot, it idles at like 33 with speedstep enabled, in a 22 degree environment.
however on load for 2 hours it got up to 68 overclocked to 4.5ghz (dunno the voltage, i left everything on auto) and i oc'ed it to 4.8 (using 1.35v) and it went to 70 degrees within 3 minutes.
with this cooler, frankly, id expect the computer to not boot when overclocking before it gets too hot. Do you agree?
so basically, i am thinking i will reseat the cooler and reapply the paste, but am i right to do this? or is it just because im in a toasty environment