Originally Posted by Slickshooter
Oh man, honestly cannot risk breaking the die, my bank account is on lockdown! Will be using one of those Corsairs or the 220. But if I were to put in a fan heatsink, say a Phantek or a Noctua Nh-D14, would those crush the poor thing? Delidding some to panic me enough though...
Honestly if you leave the IHS on it should be fine, just take your time with it. Maybe wait until you can afford a new one incase you break it? or at the least practice on some older CPU's. Celerons come to mind, some Pentium 4's are good too. I was really lucky in the fact that I had 2 sitting in my drawer.
I ran a Silver Arrow SB-E for a while de-lidded, I'm now running a waterblock as part of a custom loop de-lidded and it's been fine honestly, I even drove with it in the boot of my car with the SB-E on it without doing anything and it still runs fine. (It was like a one and a half hour drive too) 100+k's.
Once you've de-lidded it you can't really mess it up if you put the IHS back on. It's a really cool thing to do, but only ever do it if you feel the need, have good cooling and a steady hand.
Watching videos is great too, but I can't adhere more to obtaining some old celerons to practice on, it helped me so much.
Oh and also getting a photo of a naked Ivy Bridge will help you figure out how far you are able to cut underneath, one of the sides is rather hard as the core runs lengthways. I've circled the section below as it's closer to the edge unlike the rest of the CPU. Again take care and take your time. Lock the house up, take the phone off the hook and lock the cat out if you need to for the 15 minutes that you need to do this risky procedure.
EDIT: If I didn't answer your question, only go bare-die if you're using a waterblock, NEVER put a big cooler on it bare die. But it is safe if you use the IHS. I'd suggest a Swiftech H220 if you can afford it over the Corsair units