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I'm getting ready for a serious case mod and part of it includes spraying most of the inside of the case white.

I'm wondering if anyone can think a reason not to spray paint (whether oil or water-based) these components:

Heatsink (TRUE) - Would it limit its cooling ability?

Motherboard - If I spray paint the entire thing what will be ruined?

GPU - Well, I can spray the plastic cover pretty easily.

RAM - Could I spray-paint the green PCB?

Thank you!
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Paint will affect the heatsink for sure.
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Take all of my advice as daredevil advice, this is probably as far as you should go in terms of your goals. Use heat resistant paint if you can find it just as a safety measure.

Heatsink - Don't spray the whole heatsink. If you are going for a white theme mask off the entire heatsink except the single top fin and spray that (will not affect cooling really) and paint the fans. That should cover the unpainted region anyway. Remember that this will instantly kill any kind of warranty and possibly make it more difficult to resell your items in the future.

Motherboard - Mask off the socket and expansion slots as well as any headers you may use or jumper pins. Paint once dried if non-conductive will not affect your motherboard's functionality. Don't paint the heatsinks. I recommend masking off just the metal grounding around the screw holes to keep your board grounded. Is it necessary? Maybe not but it can't be less safe.

GPU - Plastic cover, no big. Paint should be fine painted on the back if using heat resistant paint. Do not paint over any surfaces that will make contact with the heatsink.

RAM - Should be fine to paint if you mask off the pins well. If it's RAM that has a heatspreader, mask all of the RAM chips and only paint the outer edge of the stick that get's exposed. The RAM heatsink should be fine to paint if you aren't overclocking it very hard. Otherwise get a RAM cooling fan and paint that white to aid with cooling.
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hmm...there's so much white inside my case without painting anything you mentioned (well, except i did paint only the top edge of my RAM)...so don't go too haywire trying for all-white...you might hate how it looks without anything to contrast it...just my opinion :-)

if i had a beefy GPU, i would have definately painted the shroud white. it would do no harm.
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post #5 of 29
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Originally Posted by LemonSlice View Post
Take all of my advice as daredevil advice, this is probably as far as you should go in terms of your goals. Use heat resistant paint if you can find it just as a safety measure.

Heatsink - Don't spray the whole heatsink. If you are going for a white theme mask off the entire heatsink except the single top fin and spray that (will not affect cooling really) and paint the fans. That should cover the unpainted region anyway. Remember that this will instantly kill any kind of warranty and possibly make it more difficult to resell your items in the future.

Motherboard - Mask off the socket and expansion slots as well as any headers you may use or jumper pins. Paint once dried if non-conductive will not affect your motherboard's functionality. Don't paint the heatsinks. I recommend masking off just the metal grounding around the screw holes to keep your board grounded. Is it necessary? Maybe not but it can't be less safe.

GPU - Plastic cover, no big. Paint should be fine painted on the back if using heat resistant paint. Do not paint over any surfaces that will make contact with the heatsink.

RAM - Should be fine to paint if you mask off the pins well. If it's RAM that has a heatspreader, mask all of the RAM chips and only paint the outer edge of the stick that get's exposed. The RAM heatsink should be fine to paint if you aren't overclocking it very hard. Otherwise get a RAM cooling fan and paint that white to aid with cooling.
Wow, thank you.

So, basically, you're saying that any conductive item, such as pins, cannot be painted? Isn't there such a thing as conductive paint, so I could paint absolutely everything?

What about the back of the graphics card and the motherboard in all - I am afraid that painting the little chips, controllers, VRM, etc. will actually cause it to either not perform as well, get hotter.

I'm also afraid that using water/acrylic-based paints would be like pouring water over the components.

Maybe I should buy a super-cheap motherboard and graphics card off eBay and see if they still work after spraying.

I do intend on selling the motherboard once Ivy Bridge comes out and upgrading.. do you think it will cheapen the value or heighten it?

Lastly, if I can't paint the body of the heatsink, it won't really look the same - is there absolutely no way? Maybe I should get a H100 and paint that..
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hmm...there's so much white inside my case without painting anything you mentioned (well, except i did paint only the top edge of my RAM)...so don't go too haywire trying for all-white...you might hate how it looks without anything to contrast it...just my opinion :-)

if i had a beefy GPU, i would have definately painted the shroud white. it would do no harm.
Oh no, obviously I'm not going to make it look like it's all been covered with white dust.

It's an artistic thing, I hope to get a build log going as well (if anyone cares).
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Oh no, obviously I'm not going to make it look like it's all been covered with white dust.

It's an artistic thing, I hope to get a build log going as well (if anyone cares).
i'll check out your build log for sure!...i'm a freak for white. mine looks like a cocaine explosion. haha
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i'll check out your build log for sure!...i'm a freak for white. mine looks like a cocaine explosion. haha
Actually, I'm going for a futuristic-hospital look. All white and bright 5500k white lights.

But I am not going to paint the outside white. That would look like a Mac.
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Originally Posted by Track View Post
I'm getting ready for a serious case mod and part of it includes spraying most of the inside of the case white.

I'm wondering if anyone can think a reason not to spray paint (whether oil or water-based) these components:

Heatsink (TRUE) - Would it limit its cooling ability?

Motherboard - If I spray paint the entire thing what will be ruined?

GPU - Well, I can spray the plastic cover pretty easily.

RAM - Could I spray-paint the green PCB?

Thank you!
The heatsink will be useless

The mobo will short out

The cover of the gpu is fine as long as you dont get the PCB or HSF on it

The RAM may or may not be an issue

I would also like to piggyback off of this question and ask if it would be safe to spray paint my HDD's black, will it get into the platters is i spray the top?
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Actually, I'm going for a futuristic-hospital look. All white and bright 5500k white lights.

But I am not going to paint the outside white. That would look like a Mac.
man, u callin my pc a mac?? you son of...lol
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