Just finished an i3-2100 (stock cooling) build in a silverstone tj08-e (love the case).
My idle temps fluctuate between 27c (lowest) and 30c, (on average closer to 29-30c).
I ran Prime95 (cpu intensive test) today for about an hour and 15 minutes. Temps maxed out on one core at 63c and the other at 65c. This seemed on the high side.
I came from an Athlon 640 Propus and I remember it running a tad cooler. Are these temps ok? When I install a heatsink I usually move the cooler around a little bit to spread the thermal paste before anchoring. Anyone have comparable results? Thank you.
I think your temps are nominal. tjmax is near 95c.
re: the paste, the less, the better. Too much acts as an insulator. The job of the paste is only to fill in microscopic pits to displace air that might collect. A small drop in the center should be sufficient. A little rotation of the cooler is ok, but you don't want to create ridges that might trap air.