CPU installation -- The Thermal Glue --
The CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+
heatsink that came with the CPU
The situation (and I feel really dumb about this)
I set the heatsink down on the CPU, but I though it might be improperly positioned,so I lifted it off looked at it then set it back down on the CPU. Then I realized what I had done. So of course I lifted it off again to examine the thermal glue!!! the glue was all swirly, but I put it back down on the CPU. At no time did I start the computer.
Does the thermal glue need to be replaced?
What are the risks if I do not?
Is it hard to replace the thermal glue?
On this question, I want people who know what they are talking about, because this represents a $420 investment for me.