Also, you want to make sure you have a fine, smooth layer on your CPU, not a big blob. I do like G says and put on a small
grain of rice-sized blob and then smooth it out with a credit card. Not the easiest to do, but it's what I've gotten used to using.
If you have any worries about it, try here: http://www.arcticsilver.com/arctic_s...tions_big2.htm
Doesn't give you the exact low-down on our machine, but there's plenty of reading to do that'll get you started.