I am sending my motherboard in for repairs and was in the process of removing the CPU/Heatsink. I had undone the mounting bracket and pulled the heatsink to detach it from the CPU and both the CPU and Heatsink came off together. I have an AM2 Mobo and it made me real nervous because I didn't undo the locking mechanism that holds the CPU in place.. I checked for bent pins and didn't see any.. but I'm still just a little nervous cause I know that locking mechanism is there for a reason. Should I be worried that I basically manhandles the thing off? Also, the CPU is pretty much glued to the heatsink with all the thermal paste. There is a bunch of paste too... it's got a pretty thick coat on it. Should I worry about this? (all the white stuff in the pictures is the thermal paste) Also, what is the best way to store the cpu until I get my replacement motherboard? Thank you!