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I've done quite a bit of searching around. Many places say that it's generally a bad idea for reasons such as taking off the heatspreader may detach the modules. Which way would be better to remove it? freezing or heating it? i've read about both working.
But, I'm more concerned about the part of, if you do get the spreader off then apply desired paint, would the paint insulate some heat (due to the general insulating properties of paint) and thus causing your RAM to run hotter. Before moving forward with this little project I must know if this is true and if it is then how big of an impact will it make?

I will be trying to paint G.Skill Ripjaws X into white.
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i am not sure, but i would think it will effect thermal dissipation by only a little bit depending on the paint used and how thick it is applied.

and in regards to removing it.. what ram? those ripjaws in your sig? those aren't as hard to take off as some others..

put it in the freezer for around an hour or so.. then it should come off more easily. Use a small precision screw driver to wedge in between the hs.. then slowly oscillate it up and down thereby separating the hs. VERY SLOWLY or else you might damage the chips inside.
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Is there a specific type of paint that would be necessary? or would almost any regular spray paint work?
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any should work.. what color were you thinking off?
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Originally Posted by badatgames18 View Post
any should work.. what color were you thinking off?
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Originally Posted by gnarlybug5 View Post
I will be trying to paint G.Skill Ripjaws X into white.
I was thinking a glossy white for the RAM and then I was thinking about doing my case frame (all the metal, no plastic) a matte white.
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