Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 Cooler master 212 Plus wont fit????

So I just built my pc. First time. Went with the 8 core 8350 on a ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+. I don't plan to overclock but I do run games for a long time and I wanted it to be quiet and cool so I bought a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus cpu cooler from new egg with my build. When I went to use the equipment per instructions I found the screws wouldn't fit into the holes on my board. They wouldn't fit flush because the thread size was different. I have read all over about posts with people with the same mother boards and same cpu coolers and no issue. Why is mine different?
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    You need to use the backplate supplied

    Here is an installation instruction video -
  2. You seem to be looking past the part where I said the screws "riser screws" do not fit the threaded holes on my board. This is my main issue.
  3. If it doesn't fit your board but it does with a lot of other people with the same board then you could be doing something wrong.

    i strongly suggest you watch the video i linked and look closely, if you have done everything the same as the guy in the video did then i would of considered the cooler or motherboard being the problem.

    The riser screws should screw into the backplate coolermaster provided in the box, not through your stock backplate.
  4. I apologize. I see now that the back plate for the stock cpu cooler was resisting to fall off so I had no idea that it wasn't part of the board. After struggling for an hour and nearly frying my board I was able to change them out. I hope that it is on snug enough and that nothing is wrong. Thank you for your help my good friend.
  5. Glad i could help you, and no need to apologize, everyone makes mistakes.
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