i installed a japanese mainstream cooler (but not popular in the states) on my new build. I now want to take it off, but the two prongs that lock it in place are hooked pretty tightly onto the motherboard (AM3 Board).
Any ideas on how I could take it off?
Also, is thermal gel near the CPU bad? Could it hurt performance? I think some may have leaked out because I put too much thermal gel on thanks.
Screws? An AMD HSF usually just has the clips. If you can't get a thumbnail down there to do it, AND if you are very careful, you could use something like a small-diameter screwdriver to press down on the clip in order to release it.
If the thermal paste you used is non-conductive, you're probably okay. If it isn't, once you get the HSF off and CPU out, you could clean the pins with a Q-tip (cotton swab) dipped in 91% isopropyl alcohol. If you got it down in the socket, you could use the same 91% alcohol in a squirt gun to forcibly irrigate the socket. Just be sure to let it thoroughly dry afterward.