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January 29, 2010 4:03:41 AM

i have an amd phenom II x4 955be and the other day i was unistalling my cpu cooler to install a new one and i had to kinda pull hard to get the cpu cooler off and boom, out comes the cpu stuck to the bottom of the cooler. This has happened to me twice now and i am afraid my cpu or motherboard will eventually become ruined.

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January 29, 2010 6:26:08 AM

I think you would destroy your cpu, if i was you, dont install a new one.
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January 29, 2010 6:42:57 AM

ive had this happen many time before because i wasnt careful. brute force doesnt play well with electronics most of the time :D 

next time try heating the heatsink up with a blow dryer, then carefully twisting the heatsink left-right while GENTLY pulling up. it'll come off.

and yes, you can bend/break the contact points off
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January 29, 2010 6:49:27 AM

You do not need a blow dryer. All you need to do is run Prime95 for 10 minutes. The heat will soften the thermal compound.
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January 29, 2010 6:54:25 AM

natural system heat, stressed or not, never made a difference for me personally. maybe im just slow to disassemble
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January 29, 2010 7:24:22 AM

So wait, did it break the retention bracket?
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January 29, 2010 7:35:41 AM

justaguywithagun said:
natural system heat, stressed or not, never made a difference for me personally. maybe im just slow to disassemble

Some stuff hardens into a glue like constistency. Other thermal compounds stay platic.
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January 29, 2010 3:21:23 PM

Look at the bottom of the cpu and the socket on the motherboard. If both look undamaged, I think you are OK.

In the future, as others said, run the pc a bit to heat things up before removing the heat sink.

Also, what kind of thermal compound did you use? Some are epoxy based and are really a glue.
AS-5 and MX-2 should be OK.
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January 29, 2010 4:25:56 PM

The only thing that could happen and that I can think of is that you broke some pins out there. The best thing to do is check.

PS: A hooray for my slayer brother! :lol: 
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January 29, 2010 5:05:58 PM

You can break pins, break the mechanism that locks the pins in place (controlled by the little gray level on the side), damage the socket, or damage the leads around the socket. If you only do it once, it usually won't break anything, but multiple times is just asking for it. Anyway, you can use a blow dryer to heat up the heat sink a little. I also try to slide it in one direction or another rather first than pulling straight up. If the compound is applied properly it can be like a vacuum seal.
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