|Thanks for the reply. I just noticed that the CPU I received is not what was advertised (I purchased it on eBay). |
What was advertised was a Athlon 3800 Venice processor, but what I got was an Athlon 3800 Clawhammer. And yes, indeed, it is not listed on the compatibility list for this motherboard.
I confess I'm a little surprised that it doesn't appear on the compatibility list. Anyway, I guess that explains it.
As for the paste, it was a small dab in the centre of the cpu. There seems to be a good case for this technique resulting in fewer air bubbles.