Question CPU basically fused to the heaksink

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Yesterday, I tried removing my cooler to clean it out and also apply new thermal paste but the entire processor came right off with it, fortunately though none of the pins were bent. I tried twisting it and it wouldn’t budge. Tried using a dental floss but I couldn’t get it right between the silver shell of the CPU and the copper part of the cooler.

Today I tried a hairdryer and I kept blowing towards the fan itself and the side (not the account CPU) at high heat, normal speed for a good ten minutes and even though the radiator was hot, like you couldn’t hold it for more than half a minute hot, it just wouldn’t budge.

I asked a local IT store and they told me I can use cotton swabs dipped in isopropyl alchohol but I honestly doubt it would do much cuz there is only an incredibly small amount residue. Instead, I was thinking of soaking the entire CPU in 99.9% IPA because according to wiki how, that should do the trick. Any new ideas are welcome.

For the record I have a Ryzen 5 2600x and a stock cooler.
 
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To late but should have let it heat up with some benchmarks or stress tests before you tried to remove it common issue with PGA sockets.

I would lay the heatsink upside down, where the heatsink and CPU meet I would use some 90%+ alcohol to help break the bond.
 

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Yesterday, I tried removing my cooler to clean it out and also apply new thermal paste but the entire processor came right off with it, fortunately though none of the pins were bent. I tried twisting it and it wouldn’t budge. Tried using a dental floss but I couldn’t get it right between the silver shell of the CPU and the copper part of the cooler.

Today I tried a hairdryer and I kept blowing towards the fan itself and the side (not the account CPU) at high heat, normal speed for a good ten minutes and even though the radiator was hot, like you couldn’t hold it for more than half a minute hot, it just wouldn’t budge.

I asked a local IT store and they told me I can use cotton swabs dipped in isopropyl alchohol but I honestly doubt it would do much cuz there is only an incredibly small amount residue. Instead, I was thinking of soaking the entire CPU in 99.9% IPA because according to wiki how, that should do the trick. Any new ideas are welcome.

For the record I have a Ryzen 5 2600x and a stock cooler.
You should of slightly twisted heat sink form left to right first before yanking the CPU out of the socket. If it is welded to the heatsink... The CPU was frying to death. Piece of cake if you do. Next time... :)
 
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To late but should have let it heat up with some benchmarks or stress tests before you tried to remove it common issue with PGA sockets.

I would lay the heatsink upside down, where the heatsink and CPU meet I would use some 90%+ alcohol to help break the bond.
thanks for the reply, I will definitely try that

But what’s weird is that I did play for like a couple hours before removing it, the temp reached like 96°C so I thought I should let it cool off just a bit and then come back, because I’d get a third degree burn if I tried messing with that.
 
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When you went to remove the cooler was the retention arm down on your socket? If not I am confused as to how you were able to pull the CPU out without bringing the whole socket with it.
Doesn't matter if the arm was down. Unless you twist and remove if the paste is old enough this happens all the time.
 
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When you went to remove the cooler was the retention arm down on your socket? If not I am confused as to how you were able to pull the CPU out without bringing the whole socket with it.

Yep it was clamped down. I opened it and closed it and it seemed to work fine. It appears to be a comment issue with these sockets or whatever.
 
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You should of slightly twisted heat sink form left to right first before yanking the CPU out of the socket. If it is welded to the heatsink... The CPU was frying to death. Piece of cake if you do. Next time... :)
Yea, that was a big mistake from me. I haven’t removed my cooler in a long time so I forgot.

Should I also get some case fans along with the IPA because the entire tower becomes a furnace when I’m gaming?
Wow that's wild.

Any luck separating it?

nope :) I went at it with the hairdryer for almost 10 minutes at high heat high speed, the radiator was very hot but it just wouldn’t move. I’m starting to think I should just get a new one but before that I’ll ask an IT repair shop if they can fix this
 

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Yea, that was a big mistake from me. I haven’t removed my cooler in a long time so I forgot.

Should I also get some case fans along with the IPA because the entire tower becomes a furnace when I’m gaming?



nope :) I went at it with the hairdryer for almost 10 minutes at high heat high speed, the radiator was very hot but it just wouldn’t move. I’m starting to think I should just get a new one but before that I’ll ask an IT repair shop if they can fix this
Not sure about more fans. Clean up both surfaces with Isopropyl alcohol. Drop a little turd of thermal paste on the CPU Don't need much paste. It will make a mess if you use too much. When you attach the cooler to the CPU make sure you tighten all four screws equally a little a time torquing them. Snug not tight. Monitor the temps using HWMonitor. https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html
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Yea, that was a big mistake from me. I haven’t removed my cooler in a long time so I forgot.

Should I also get some case fans along with the IPA because the entire tower becomes a furnace when I’m gaming?



nope :) I went at it with the hairdryer for almost 10 minutes at high heat high speed, the radiator was very hot but it just wouldn’t move. I’m starting to think I should just get a new one but before that I’ll ask an IT repair shop if they can fix this
Heat it up with the hairdryer again but this time, take some dental floss and slide that between the chip and heatsink, pulling it back and forth like a saw. If need be, pick up the hairdryer again after letting it rest for 5 minutes and give it another 10 minute blast. Dental floss is pretty strong and acts as a sort of 'string blade'.
 

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