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I'm trying to replace my heatsink with an Arctic Cooling Freezer Pro 64, because the computer was overheating and reviews of the AMD default heatsink were not good.

I tried carefully and slowly pulling the heatsink out. The processor came with it. It appears to be solidly glued on. Fortunately none of the pins look damaged.

Now what? How do I separate the two?

Newbie here. Please be patient.

Motherboard: ASUS M3A78-CM
Processor: AMD 7750
Heatsink: original AMD
 

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I soaked the heat sink/processor in isopropyl alcohol for about five minutes and then tried to get some dental floss under a corner. No luck.

There's a lot of excess thermal paste around the processor.
 

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I hope you didn't harm anything by soaking those components, because the CPU is rather fragile. Don't ever put a CPU in any type of liquid.

Anyhow, since you have it out, take a finger and thumb and put one on each side of the CPU (don't bend pins), then the other finger and thumb on the heatsink and start a slow twisting motion until it begins to move a little,then will continuing the twisting motion side to side, begin to pull up and away it will come. (well, most of the time anyhow)
 
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