Hey thanks for all of the info here guys; it helped a lot. I have always dabbled in computers but never pushed them too far. I decided to try a high end system which I would overclock and water cool. About a year ago, I dropped a couple thousand dollars on a system which most would consider overkill (not here LOL), but the i7 3770k ran too hot to consider much of an overclock. I had it cooled with a corsair h100i and at idle, temps of 40 degrees was pretty normal, and under load, temps quickly reached 90 degrees at stock settings. I reseated the block to the cpu several times, and even tried the h100i in an old PC of mine to see if it was able to cool it sufficiently, and it did. For the longest time, I thought I must be doing something wrong.
After doing a lot of research on sites like this one, I decided that maybe it was my processor. I bought 2 more fans to set up a push / pull with the h100i, although I needed 8 more of the long screws to mount the second set of fans. Lowes had 1 1/4" 6/32 screws which worked great. I bought a small vise and ordered CLU for my die TIM and Gelid Extreme for my IHS TIM; they had both arrived by yesterday. I went out today to find some sand paper so I could lap my heat sink, but ridiculously, Lowes and Canadian Tire didn't have anything over 600 grit sandpaper. So, I guess the lapping is on hold, but I did delid today. Was nervous, but it all went relatively smoothly.
After it was done, when I booted up, it said that I had installed a new processor and it took me to the bios screen (This also made me nervous as I had not heard of this happening). I just exited and saved and it booted up with no problems. my cores all idle now in the high 20s and low 30s, and after 15 minutes of running Prime 95, my cores were all in the low 50s at stock settings.
Overall, it sounds like a successful delid, although I am not sure I am going to even bother lapping. Overclocking and watercooling next; thanks fellas!