the heat sink plastic connectors broke so for now I'm using gravity to keep the heatsink in contact with th cpu. mine is a c2d e4400. the idle temps are around 30-34 at load its above 65 and thats without the thermal paste(I literally took off the heatsink and set it up for better contact).. so what should I do? should I apply the paste urgently or can I wait for a few days?
and btw what are the normal idle temps and load temps on stock fan
As for the HS/F, I would get a replacement as soon as possible. Replacements are cheaply found at places like ebay if cost is an issue: http://www.ebay.com/sch/CPU-Fans-Heatsinks-/131486/i.ht...
If you are running with no thermal paste, I can only assume your clean up job didn't remove the left over paste from the metal pores. So it is still getting some benefit from the old thermal paste.