Well I drew a line of TP down the processor, and then put two tiny dabs on either side. Then used a plastic bag around my finger to spread it out. Is there a better way to do it?
Yes... please turn off PC and remove the heatsink and clean up the processor. You just need to 1 or 2 drops of thermal paste right in the middle of the CPU, YOU DONT SPREAD IT with fingers, when the heatsink contacts this drop of paste it spreads evenly in a circular manner.