When I installed my q6600 months and months ago there was something peculiar that I simply accepted, but I'm not pleased with the temps my computer is running so I'm going to question it. When you install the q6600 to the socket, you have to put the metal thing over it to keep it in place. The metal thing has a square hole in the middle to show the cpu core. However, the cpu core doesn't rize to the level of the metal cover, so when the heatsink is on the metal cover it doesn't even come close to touching the CPU core. I applied thermal paste to it, but the paste isn't even thick enough to reach the heatsink after its been spread on. So I folded a piece of alluminum foil (not thick enough, I should've made a thicker one) to close the gap more, that seemed to help my temps a little. What's with this gap? Is there something I'm missing, a thermal pad or something? Or should I just buy some more paste (if I buy it I'll get arctic silver) and glop it on thick? without the sides of the case off Idle Temp - 42-45 Load temp - 55-62 with the sides of the case on idle temp - 45-46 load temp 58-67 no overclocking This is a kentsfield G0 revision with B stepping I just downloaded CoreTemp 9.9.5 and its temps are 10* hotter than Asus Probe shows, which should I believe? Asus Probe came with the motherboard, and I haven't updated it from whatever the cd version is.