Hello and thank you for any advice provided.
I'm not new to computers, but I am now delving more heavily into the world of hardware modification/optimization, etc. and fear I may have made a substantial mistake on my laptop.
I have entered my system specs, but the primary issue is that I was sure the thermal paste needed to be replaced on my CPU, so I disassembled the unit and resolved this.
The question is regarding the GPU. There was no, and appears to never have been any thermal paste connection to the heat sink. Instead there was some type of pad, sort of a rubber/foam type piece between the two. Foolishly I didn't ask first and I made the GPU/Heat Sink connection with thermal paste. About half way through reassembly, I had the thought that perhaps that pad was in place not to conduct heat away from the processor, but rather to keep heat away from it.
Currently the laptop is functional because I've only booted it up to verify that it works until I could get advice on whether or not I've made an impetuous mistake. In this condition, with no gaming or substantial processes running, the CPU is at about 110F and the GPU went up to roughly 150F.
I rely heavily on this laptop, so any information will be greatly appreciated.