Hey guys I am looking to OC my cpu soon and I have heard that the thermal paste needs to be spread over the entire thing and I have also heard a pea sized drop in the middle is fine and the heat sink will spread it out. I put a pea sized drop in the middle and somewhat spread it around but definetly not covering the entire cpu. Is that okay? I want to OC safely and with cool temperatures. Very new to all this, and this was my first build so yeah..
One trick I use is to just put a drop in the middle, then place the heatsink squarely on top of it. Next I twist it 90 degrees one way, twist 180 degrees the other way, and finally center it while maintaining contact to secure the heatsink to the mobo.