Well, if you've seen my 'Ugg, new motherboard woes' thread then you know that I'm attempting to return the motherboard and the RAM and get a replacement. To do that, I had to take out the AMD Athlon CPU that's in the motherboard right now on a Socket 436. Now, the weirdness that it is, I can't just release the heatsink from the socket and pull up the lever to release the chip itself. The heat sink sits on top of that lever so you can't move it up. [sarcasm] Gee, great design guys, I hope somebody bought lunch for the genius who designed that one [/sarcasm]
Anyway, I had to remove the heatsink to lift the lever and now I have an Athlon CPU and a HSF apart. Now, if you're familiar with AMD CPU HSFs (name that acronym for $100), it comes with a glue/gum thing that you remove a tape and stick it on top of the little chip inside the CPU. Of course, now that the tape is pulled, I'm not sure how effective it would be once reapplied. I'm thinking of buying the smallest amount of the thermal paste kind of thing when I get a new mobo and try a new one? Do they sell such a thing in say a CompUSA, it doesn't seem like it would be a "hot seller" so to speak, could I bribe the tech guys and ask for a swig? Do you think it's good to get something like that when you're changing CPUs, don't want the CPU to explode I guess and it's probably worth a few dollars if I ever get a working machine for it not to melt when I'm 5 hours into destroying the Russians in Civ III.
Anyway, I had to remove the heatsink to lift the lever and now I have an Athlon CPU and a HSF apart. Now, if you're familiar with AMD CPU HSFs (name that acronym for $100