Ugh, this sucks
I just spent about 4 hours cleaning my PC and installing the Dark Knight cooler, I'm exhausted from messing with all this. It seems something ALWAYS doesn't go according to plan whenever I mess with the computer. Some of it my own doing not studying up on the exact things to do, but this time I watched videos, read tutorials on how to do this. As soon as I start taking my motherboard out, one of the small washers i used installing the motherboard was stuck around the screwhole, and theres no room to just your your finger in that part, so i use a screwdriver to try to push it out and do and bumped it up against the motherboard while I did. So I was scared that I just cut a lead or something and I screwed it up for good, even though there wasn't a mark there. And then for whatever reason in the CD in pin I plugged a cable in there that is supposed to go to my CD/DVD drive. But it was jammed in there and I spent forever trying to get it out. Eventually I used tweezers to get it out.
I get out the motherboard and take off the Intel fan and all the Intel fan compound is on the processor so I used some thermal paste remover on it, a few drips and then try to wipe it off. It's like liquid and when I'm wiping it gets on the processor holder on the motherboard, and I spend a ton of time trying to clean all that off and make sure everything is clean. There's still some marks on the heat spreader on the processor from the crappy Intel fan, but there's no compound on it.
So then I goto the Dark Knight. Put on the backplate, put on the tension bars, and take off the plastic film on the bottom of the heat sink. And as its pulling off the whole damn adhesive ON THE FILM was all over the bottom of the heat sink. I'm pretty sure that is not supposed to be on there according to what I've read. So I spend probably 45 minutes with some alcohol and stuff trying to rub all that adhesive stuff off the bottom of the heat sink. I do it as best as possible, then I attempt to put the Artic Silver on it, in a line fashion the best I could according to what I've read. I stick the heat sink on, tighten the spring loaded screws the best I can. In the video I saw after you tighten the screwdriver as far as it will go he uses a really small mini torque looking wrench to tighten them more, but I didn't have one in this version I guess so I made it as tight as I could.
So after more fun with trying to mount the motherboard and not having any room to screw thinks in on this small Gigabyte G31M-ES2L motherboard and screws being dificult as heck to screw in around the heatsink, I finally got it in. The heat sink completely dwarfs almost my entire motherboard.
After all this, my Intel E5200 before on stock fan was running at 41C at idle room temperature, which everyone says should be much cooler even on stock. Then after all that its down to 36-37C, which isn't even what "Stock" speeds should be running at.
I don't know what to do. I'm about to give up, I'm so sick of this stuff. All I wanted to do was try to overclock and I followed guides and tutorials I've watched and read to the best of my ability and my freaking processor is still running way too hot. I don't know what else I can do, anyone have any advice before I go crazy?