I got the CPU free from the heat sink. Thanks for the advice, everyone.
I have a new problem though. With the Arctic Silver instructions, I get the impression they are telling you not to spread the compound over the whole surface. What should I do?http://www.arcticsilver.com/pdf/appinstruct/as5/ins_as5_amd_dual_wcap.pdfOnly apply thermal compound to the top of the actual CPU heatspreader. Understand that we are just putting thermal compound in close proximity to the center of the heatspreader.Since the vast majority of the heat from the core travels directly through the heat spreader, it is more important to have a good interface directly above the actual CPU core than it is to have the heat spreader covered with compound from corner to corner.