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I'm making a nVidia themed rig as my next build, it's going to have a Green and Black colour scheme. I have absolutely everything tying that colour scheme together except for the RAM. I could get black sticks but that's quite boring in my opinion and a bit of a cop-out. So after a couple of searches around the internet and forum I've decided to get Corsair Vengeance Low Profile RAM, strip the heatsinks off and paint them a suitable shade of green.
My question to you guys is how would I go about doing this? I've never painted any actual components of a PC before and I'm concerned regarding what types of paint to use and if temperatures or conductivity might be an issue.

(of course if any of you know of existing DDR3 RAM that's green already then that's a win/win for me)
post #2 of 9
I honestly think you should just go black. I can understand your want for perfection, but AFAIK there's no green RAM, and painting it might melt. I dunno, maybe powdercoat it?
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I bought copper heat sinks for my ram and painted them, I just used normal acrylic spray paint. Nothing fancy. RAM doesn't get that hot.

I'll try to find some threads to link about painting RAM.

here we go, it's even green: http://www.overclock.net/t/1311699/build-log-matx-the-green-rose/20#post_18368709
Edited by MME1122 - 5/14/13 at 5:30pm
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I honestly think you should just go black. I can understand your want for perfection, but AFAIK there's no green RAM, and painting it might melt. I dunno, maybe powdercoat it?

I looked into powdercoating it but, as much as I want Green RAM, it's not worth the price I was quoted
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here we go, it's even green: http://www.overclock.net/t/1311699/build-log-matx-the-green-rose/20#post_18368709

Cheers MME, it looks like it was just a regular Acrylic spray paint which is easy enough for me to do.
Edited by Dynamo11 - 5/14/13 at 5:34pm
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For ram, as long as the paint you get doesnt do some wired thermal things, and even if it did slighlty insulate it, unless you are maxing the heck out of the ram or if its OC'd (meaning anything over 1600mhz) then you should be fine, ram cooling is really kinda fake I know I am going to water cool mine, i know thats its overkill, think about it, some don't even come with heatsinks and how many (corsair vengeance) look like they dont really help AT all in cooling lmao, not to mention some look painted, just keep it thin, and see if there is paint that might be used for heatsink stuff like thermally conducting or insulating, which ever should be used on stuff like that.

but either way I doubt it will be an issue, if in doubt just use anodized aluminum since that all the aluminum heat sinks out there. or use similar paint on copper radiators. I think painting it should be fine. if in doubt try it on cheap o ram, overclock the **** out of it, and if it affects it then you know


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I honestly think you should just go black. I can understand your want for perfection, but AFAIK there's no green RAM, and painting it might melt. I dunno, maybe powdercoat it?

I looked into powdercoating it but, as much as I want Green RAM, it's not worth the price I was quoted
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here we go, it's even green: http://www.overclock.net/t/1311699/build-log-matx-the-green-rose/20#post_18368709

Cheers MME, it looks like it was just a regular Acrylic spray paint which is easy enough for me to do.


go with anodized aluminum by aluminum heatsinks, per haps non colored ones, (i dont know if you can strib the color from it if you can or if over coating them is not an issue then it wont matter) i am not sure how much anodizing costs.
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I looked into powdercoating it but, as much as I want Green RAM, it's not worth the price I was quoted
Cheers MME, it looks like it was just a regular Acrylic spray paint which is easy enough for me to do.

How much were you quoted? I'm wondering if it's worth it myself.
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How much were you quoted? I'm wondering if it's worth it myself.

I can't remember right now, I just remember me thinking it was too much. I could have probably got it cheaper if I shopped around but I wasn't too bothered about anodizing it
post #8 of 9
You might be able to get green heatsinks on ebay, if not, lightly sand then spray paint white ram.
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Pretty sure the only green heatsink RAM kit to ever be made: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-memory-cml8gx3m2a1600c9g
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