This was my first try at putting an aftermarket cooler in, and long story short I removed the protective covering on the retention bracket that the cooler comes with that is mounted on the underside of the motherboard (even though I don't think I was supposed to). I had to use Goo Gone to remove the covering.
Foolish that I didn't read any instruction guides on the internet for this before starting. The manual for this cooler is really hard to understand.
Do you guys think it's still safe to use it without that green protective covering, or should I drop 30 bucks more and order a new one and do it "right"?