Im am going to be installing a CPU to a motherboard soon but I just had a question about thermal paste and pads.
The CPU i came boxed with a fan and heatsink and it is a Core 2 Duo E6420, my question is, do i need to apply thermal paste to the CPU? The instructions don't mention anything about that and just has pictures showing that you should just put the heatsink on top of the CPU, the underneath of the heatink has 3 sort of black pads. Would i need thermal paste? and if I don't, should I change the pads for paste or just keep the pads for now?
Just watched the Intel installation video and there is no need for paste, so i guess i will keep the pads for simplicity.