It doesn't use the clips, it screws in. You need to unscrew the screws from the blue plastic surround around the socket and remove it. The screws will go into the holes there. There will also be a back plate that you will need to install on the back of the motherboard.
The H212+ will require you to install a mounting plate to the bottom side of the motherbd, removing the stock plastic one, and then it will use 4 spring loaded screws to attach to that. if you dont have easy access to the bottom side of the cpu area (many cases now do have an access hole) then you would have to remove the motherbd to install the mounting plate.
If you want a cooler that is a quick drop in for the existing AMD socket/bracket, look into the Freezer 7. I put one on a PhII X4 965BE and had no problem keeping it cool with some pretty heavy O/Cs. The cooler clips right on to the existing bracket and tightens down with a screwdriver. http://www.amazon.com/Arctic-Cooling-Freezer-Cooler-DCA...
The one in the 1st pic is wearing its Intel mounting bracket. The AMD mount is shown in the 2nd pic.