This is my first time building a system and I'm having quite a few problems. I have a AM3 cpu and I am currently trying to install the heatsink, but whenever I put one of the clamps over the plastic hook, I can't do the same to the other clamp. Can anyone tell me what I'm doing wrong? Also, I got a small amount of that gray stuff on the bottom of the heatsink on one or two pins, will this damage the cpu?
A classic example of why I tell all first time builders to start super cheap. If thats a $25 cpu, no big deal if it goes boom. If thats a $200 cpu, it is a big deal for most people.
What the other posters said is true. Just need to apply a little careful force.
The stock AMD heatsink is actually pretty easy once you have experience with it.
Heatsinks end up a whole lot tighter than a layperson might think. And some aftermarket units need a lot of careful force. Just keep trying. You will get it. Almost everyone has this problem the first time out. Its because everyone underestimates how much force it takes.