Problems installing my ATI Silencer 3 onto my 9800 XT

Okay, so I bought a 9800 XT, and an ATI Silencer 3.

The problem is that there is a copper panel on the backside of the card which has 2 long screws that come through two of the holes that the Silencer is suppose to use (see pics):
The 9800 XT
The frontside of the card (stock HS removed). The screws in question are boxed out.
The backside of the card. The screws from the picture above are attached to this panel.
The new heatsink. As you can see, the screws are obstructing the mounting of the Silencer.

Looking at several websites, none of the cards they use in the installation show this copper panel.

The copper panel seems to be held on by those 4 black squares attached to the RAM; is it possible to remove these?

Thanks much!
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I would wonder why you need that plate at all - it doesn't seem to do anything.  Try it without it.  Those black squares look like pads to rest the plate on, so they shouldn't be necessary.

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