I've just got my replacement processor today!!! Quick question because i'm installing this one myself. I wasn't sure about the thermal compound. It is a retail e6600 with fan and heatsink. It didn't come with any thermal compound but under the heatsink there are 3 blackish looking spots about 1 inch long and a half inch wide. I'm guessing this would be the thermal paste correct?
When your first power it up, go into BIOS (Del at bootup), and wait a few minutes, and check the temperatures (Most BIOS's allow you to so this).
If the CPU stabalises at a rather low temperature and doesn't go up anymore, then the heatsink and paste is working as it should
ALright i've got it all running now! As for the temp my Asus AI booster says its running at 17 degrees C. My heat sensor is reading in at about 27 degrees C. However its also on the heatsink so i'm not sure which is more accurate.