Don't sweat that. There is no possible way(with the provided double sided tape, that you're going to do this without "smearing the TIM". My tape was too thick. The only way I could get it to mount was to undo a couple of the retaining screws and try to lift up the ring to snap the Pump into place. My pump was all over the map. I'm running consistent 35c idle temps. Just don't use too much and you should be fine.
Which is another argument for removing the stock TIM. If I was using stock TIM it would have been all over my socket and hardly any on my CPU.
Since I have to RMA my MoBo this week I'll get some shots of how my TIM fared in this mounting process. It won't be fresh but you should get a rough idea how things went.
Originally Posted by cutty1998
Thanx ,that is extremely helpful!! Now I am paranoid though!! I will be super cautious and take my time.Thank you guys !