hi there i am a little confused by something
i am buying a new motherboard and am trying to choose between
ASUS P5PL2-E i945PL SKT LGA775 Serial ATA-300 6 Channel High Definition Audio ATX
Asus P5L Socket 775 I945p onboard audio Fsb1066 SATA ATX
i have pretty much settled on the second board (Asus P5L Socket 775 I945p onboard audio Fsb1066 SATA ATX) but i am worried that the processor socket seems to have a dark plastic cover on it, my old board, and the first asus here have a metal thing which the processor sits in and is exposed through, making contact with the bottom of the fan (with thermal paste inbetween).
does anybody know why it has a plastic top and how i would apply thermal paste to the top of the processor and the bottom of the fan, or does it come off?
thanks in advance