Originally Posted by MKHunt
So a 3770k is in the mail. I need convincing to delid it. Cooling it and my 590 is an EX360, RX240, and RX120 with an MCP-35x so I'm not really hurting for cooling ability, I just like lower temps. I've also read that the best time to delid is before the chip gets sandwiched by a heatsink/waterblock.
You should only attempt to delid if you can afford a new chip. I would only recommend delidding if your chip will benefit from lowered temps and thus give you the opportunity to go for a higher multiplier. If you have a chip that is already limited by high voltage requirements, then I don't really think it is worth it. Unless you just feel like doing it for fun of course.
The big thing we all want to know is how much of a temp drop you get after delidding. You can't know that, or what your voltage requirements are for the chip unless you install it, overclock it , and test it before delidding. I can't image the pressure applied by installing a cooler would make any difference to delidding afterwards.