My dad had PC trouble and removed the heatsink. The capacitors were leaking also. Both his mobo and CPU were broken. We don't know if it was caused by the leaking capacitors or taking off the heatsink. (Socket A MSI or Aopen board (dunno), crappy ****, at least that model was)
Anyway, be carefull when removing it.
TheMajorMMX - Intel P200 MMX @ 225Mhz - V-Tech (PcPartner) Baby-AT mb w/ Intel Triton TX chipset - Nvidia Riva TNT2 M64 w/ 16MB - 256MB M-Tec SDRAM - Still running.....