Removing cpu from cooling fan

I've got a problem here and can use some help. I have to send back my mobo to asus because of an onboard graphics card problem. I should have known better to by a mobo that was set up for onboard but i was trying to save a buck. Well now i got a problem. I pulled the mobo out and went to remove the cooling fan and the cpu came out with it. The cpu is really stuck on the fan base. Any good idea how to separate this without ruining the cpu?
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  1. Hair dryer should soften the thermal paste.

    Next time, run the computer under a load if you can. That will also soften the thermal paste.
  2. Thanks. Got it
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