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I bent some pins on my 1090t removing my hyper 212+ last summer, and don't want it to occur again. Luckily my processor still works.
I had laid the PC on its side, and removed one of the fans, as well as all of the screws. I then let it warm up by doing some heavy rendering for about a half hour. I then quickly shut off the pc, and tried to remove my heatsink. It was still on there pretty good, but that's to be expected. After a a few rotating motions the heatsink came out, process attached, and with broken pins. The locking mechanism on the CPU was still in place, but the cpu was uprooted with the CPU cooler. What am I doing wrong?
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It really shouldn't be that hard. You don't even have to do this but I do. I will run Prime 95 for a minute or two, turn the system off. Take the fans off the heatsink and gently twist it back and forth with a light lifting motion. It should come off pretty easily.
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That thing was cemented on there.
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That thing was cemented on there.

In that case you might have used crappy TIM or you put too much. It should be a really simple process.
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Don't pull straight up.
Turn the heatsink back and forth with the CPU still in the socket.
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I did. I was using the TIM that comes iwth the 212
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soak it with isopropanol alcohol then. keep dribbling it into the joint for about ten minutes, to let it eat away at the TIM. After that, pull out your precision standard head (flathead) screwdriver, put it in the centre then twist. Move to the corner, place and twist again. Move to the other corner, twist once more. Keep doing that and it'll pop off. Just make sure the 212+ doesn't crash into the rest of the hardware. because when that 212+ goes, it'll GO.
    
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I always remove my CPU by throwing the computer against the wall, works like a charm and lets my cats know who's boss...
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I did. I was using the TIM that comes iwth the 212

Don't twist and then pull straight up. Twist until the heatsink comes off by itself.
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I always remove my CPU by throwing the computer against the wall, works like a charm and lets my cats know who's boss...

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when theres a really nice bubble-less seat on the CPU and heatsink it gets pretty hard to take off. i know cuz i took off dozens of heatsinks off CPUs and GPUs.

i find it safer to move side to side little by little to "soften" the TIM and to force air in-between.

if you can a razor blade wedge in between works like a charm.

but IME a 360 spin should work 100% of the time.
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