That's a good question. I've heard some people say they spread it with a razor. But, even though I'm a perfectionist, I just put a bb sized (slightly bigger, but I'm not perfect hehe) on the dead center, then tightened it down all the way. After that, I took it off to check how it spreaded. And then I saw where I needed to add more. But I added too much, so I used the applicator to suck the excess back inside, then I put the cap on. Then I re-installed the TT, and that seemed to spread it fairly evenly. It wasn't perfect, but my temperatures seem fine so far (I am using Real Temp since I hear it's recommended for the e84000).
But I suppose I could've done it in one shot had I spread it with a razor. But I didn't have the patience for it.
Hmm, that was the long answer.
I guess what I meant was you could just place the tuniq tower all by itself (no screws or cpu or anything) on top of the socket to see if the mobo will allow you to mount it either of the two ways.
Oh, I thought you'd put it together as a "dry run", as I guess it can be called.
Now that I'm much more awake, I can better explain what I was talking about:
I meant that you can get just the mobo and tuniq tower out, and then place the TT without any of the additional hardware it comes with, and just set it on top of the socket to see how it will fit once you finally install it.