My first time installing components. I felt I had read every guide and watched every video, but I've hit a snag installing the cooler. Basically, the screws are too far off the motherboard standoffs. If I screw one side of an arm in, I can't even get the other side of the arm to touch it's standoff. I've posted a pic of what I'm looking at. Thanks for any help.
The screws are spring loaded. Just screw them in, the springs will compress and it'll work.
I do notice, by the picture you supplied, that you may be aligning the HSF poorly. It's generally recommended that the fan blows air to the back of the case (unless you have a system that is turned 90 degrees, like the Silverstone Hawk enclosure).
Maybe because you are installing the cooler in the wrong way? That AMD mobo that you have can handle the Hyper 212+ without problems, but doesn't wait that screws adjust or fit himself, you will need use a little pressure.
Looking again i think the screws are in the inner holes instead of the outer, then looking again i'm still not sure. Anyway you are the master of 212+ installation so I am sure your right, sorry this this unneeded confusion.
Oh ya, one thing about the 212+ is there is a notch in the cross section of the bracket, that when it's opened and aligned properly, just fits the peg, which should face the top of your case. If it's not aligned right, it can cause the bracket to be about 1/16" further away from the standoffs.
i have the same cooler, oriented the same way and had the same non issue. tighten one a turn, then tighten the one cattycorner from it a turn. then give the other two their turn, advance in the same pattern half a turn per screw til it is all snug. mine has been running grat for two years. plus i even put a huge ass 3500 rpm fan on it (i am not bothered by a noisie computer, makes me think it is earning its keep)