Originally Posted by Fish
Most of the new CPU fans you buy these days have a layer of thermal paste already on the heatsink. But yeah, get thermal paste otherwise. That's a very important step....
Yeah, a lot of them come with a thin layer of thermal compound already applied.
If you end up having to use your own, BE CAREFUL.
You need to make sure the surface is completely and evenly covered. But you absolutely do not want to use too much.