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Should I paint the inside of my case white?

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April 30, 2010 6:42:37 AM

So I'm sitting here thinking about what color if any to paint my case.

Currently I have a HAF 932 and if you aren't familiar with it then, the interior is this industrial grey color. Not bad, not great.

I know everyone's first reaction is to say paint the interior black. I only don't like that idea because I think that the color black would somehow retain more heat than another color. Is that valid?

So I'm thinking what if I paint my interior white. Really get everything to pop and look clean.

What do you guys think?

Anyone seen a case with a white interior?
April 30, 2010 6:44:04 AM

If you want to paint it white, go ahead.

After all, if you do not like the way it looks, you can always repaint.
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April 30, 2010 6:55:48 AM

Yeah, plus Whites easier to paint over than Black hehe :) 
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April 30, 2010 7:13:45 AM

Just to be clear. I'm only talking about painting the interior. I like the black exterior of the HAF. I just wan't sure if I was clear.
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April 30, 2010 7:22:34 AM

You were clear.
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April 30, 2010 7:46:59 AM

noobz1lla said:
So I'm sitting here thinking about what color if any to paint my case.

Currently I have a HAF 932 and if you aren't familiar with it then, the interior is this industrial grey color. Not bad, not great.

I know everyone's first reaction is to say paint the interior black. I only don't like that idea because I think that the color black would somehow retain more heat than another color. Is that valid?

So I'm thinking what if I paint my interior white. Really get everything to pop and look clean.

What do you guys think?

Anyone seen a case with a white interior?


Grey and white are not that different. Also I can see your reasoning with not wanting to paint it black. But on that same note I did some reasearch that said while white does not absorb heat as fast as darker colored things do, darker things tend to release the heat much faster then the color white. So in the end it depends on you. Color the case white test it, then test it with black.
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April 30, 2010 9:44:20 AM

bump. come on people help this kid out
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April 30, 2010 1:05:18 PM

I'm just not sure this will help your thermal characteristics. I have some ideas in my head about what will happen, but I dropped out of physics pretty early so none of them would be particularly educated.
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April 30, 2010 5:29:25 PM

the bit where you said ;
"So I'm thinking what if I paint my interior white. Really get everything to pop and look clean. " kinda made it clear for me man :p 
I dont think that theres going to be a massive difference between the thermal characteristics of any colour for your pc, pc's just dont kick out enough heat imo, unless ofc you are Oc'ing 12 Hexxers to 15Ghz each :p  Bacon sandwich anyone?
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April 30, 2010 5:44:37 PM

Back of my mind Eg lawn is correct - Forgot the physics involved. In terms of a Computer Case, AH - no real life diff so go with what you like.

On color - on metal objects that get HOT, ie engine parts such as valve cover, Black to reduce oxidation, or unpainted is preferred.

Added: rational, or BS - But radiate heat energy is in the infra-red band and whit would tend to refect some of this energy back into the metal. The same principle as external energy is reflect away.
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