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post #1 of 16
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I have the box and foam... but i am worried about the video cards getting damaged during transit. Is there any way to secure them in a specific way to make sure they stay put during shipping? Will regular screws work? maybe ducktape?
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post #2 of 16
I've had people tell me to fill the entire case with anti-static peanuts, others have told me to remove each component and provide installation instructions upon arrival. I've never shipped an entire system, but personally, I'd route cables to where they need to go and zip tie them in place so cable management won't be a daunting task.

And depending how large the case is, I'd package everything in individual boxes and store them in the chassis during transit. But that's just me. But I would NEVER ship a system fully built, any little jolt can cause major damage.
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post #3 of 16
I have used foam blocks cut to right size under and between the cards and around the coolers, works well and the box the case came in with the foam corners and plastic is perfect, Oh and like 20-30 fragile stickers because freight companies are not known for finesse.
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post #4 of 16
Thread Starter 
hmm thanks guys... i am selling one right now and the buyer is not very versed in computers... (knows nothing about building them)

i guess i'll put in instructions on how to put in the video card before he turns it on.

EDIT: the buyer is a total newb... he might complain and say i didn't ship him a fully built computer like i listed...
Edited by badatgames18 - 5/26/11 at 2:54am
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post #5 of 16
My take: remove the graphics card and the CPU cooler, as well as the HDD for shipping. Pack them in anti-static bags and then in something soft, which you can attach inside the case to a HDD/DVD cage. Then fix securely the PSU, DVD, motherboad and whatever fans you have inside the case and you're good to go.

My - shipping a rig with the graphics card and CPU cooler mounted is asking for trouble as both area heavy and can tare the mobo apart if the ones that handle packs happen to drop it even for 5 inches; at best nothing would happen, but the cooler skidding for 1mm could mean it doesn't make contact any more with the CPU and then you'd be in trouble.
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post #6 of 16
If you want the thing to work when it reaches the destination, ship it in parts!
 
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post #7 of 16
A CPU Cooler will be safe to transit as is, with the GPU, take it out, but provide CLEAR instructions as to how to fit, its just a GPU the buyer will appreciate it, if you are honest with him, and explain that its to spot it getting broke, although if its a dual slot card, and its screwed in i highly doubt it will get damaged, delivery companies arent as bad as you might think.
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post #8 of 16
Linus did a video like this on how ncix ship fully built decks, give linustechtips or ncix youtube channels a browse and good luck!
post #9 of 16
Ship it assembled, MOBO side down with box that says "this side up" and buy insurance so if the postal service breaks it, they paid for it.
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post #10 of 16
I got a fully assembled dell that was shipped. Don't these companies routinely ship computers? the dell I got had a tower cooler and a pci express video card. I suspect its not that dangerous. also I've dropped my mini itx (with pci video card) computer down a flight of stairs and it was fine. I thought for sure it would have been broken but it shows no sign of failing. I think computers are more resilient to mechanical shock than most give them credit for.
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