|If it's a P4, NO. It's thermally protected & cannot overheat & fry. Believe it or not, a P4 will run with NO heatsink installed & it won't burnout (don't try it...lol).|
As for the paste, you should use only a small dab, about the size of a grain of rice, then spread it out thinly & evenly over the core.
1800+ @ 8 x 210MHz
Asus A9550 128MB/128-bit