|The CPU is protected from overheating by built in sensors that will shut it down before the temperature gets high enough to cause damage so your CPU should be fine. You will however need to really apply the thermal compound properly (sorry, I do not accept you as an expert in that you did apply it correctly). First, carefully remove the heat sink. Then carefully remove the CPU from the socket (especially be careful of the surface of contacts) handling by the edges only. Then remove all thermal compound from the heat sink and mating surface on the CPU with rubbing alcohol, using only cloth and the edge of an old credit card where needed. Reinstall the CPU in the socket being Very Careful to line up the notches AND to lower the CPU into the socket (do not drop it in or put in one edge first) and carefully lock it down. THEN read THIS:|
as it applies to your particular processor and THEN apply the compound as per the instructions.
ANYTIME you remove the heat sink you need to clean off the off compound and reapply it. It is not needed to remove the heat sink during normal maintenance and cleaning, only when you are specifically replacing the heatsink or the CPU or dealing with an overheating issue that you suspect is related to this installation.
You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.