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post #11 of 16
I'd just fill it with a LOT of peanuts and some packing foam on the outside of the case, then insure it.
Tell the buy if it arrives and the BOX is damaged refuse to accept it.
IDK about USPS and Fed-ex but UPS thats an instant insurance claim.

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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.
***cough***
Those fragile stickers are like a "kick-me" sticker.
This side up means put upside down
do not stack means put at the bottom of the wall
Ask any ups employee
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post #12 of 16
Just make sure to insure the package and all should go fine. I'd be wary about selling to someone who knows jack about computers. Recently I sold a q6700, P5N-D, and 8GB ram to someone on eBay. He complained that I sold him a faulty system when in fact he had no clue how to configure anything. After about 15 messages I was able to talk the guy through it...
post #13 of 16
For shipping a rig, use a bolt-through or stock heatsink. Graphics card is okay if it isn't too heavy. Make sure everything is screwed in securely (I'd avoid "toolless" cases for shipping).

I would also double-box it. Have it in the box that the case came in with the molded foam, but then put it in a larger box with at least an inch on each side, and fill it with peanuts between the two boxes.

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IDK about USPS and Fed-ex but UPS thats an instant insurance claim.
Not necessarily. None of the shippers make it easy to do an insurance claim.
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post #14 of 16
If you want to ship a system with a large tower and large GPU's without taking them out, then you probably want to get expandable form fitting foam. This'll hold the HSF and GPU's in place.

See
http://www.lpsind.com/InstapakCushion.htm

For the Case itself, the best bet would be a wooden crate with the case suspended on foam at least 4" thick. This however, may not be practical for you (not to mention heavy and expensive as heck to ship).

An alternative is to use a sturdy carboard box that's at least 2" larger than the case in all dimensions. Tape all the seams/corners with a solid packing tape. Then place the PC in a plastic bag, seal it. Fill in the bottom of the box with 2" of packing peanuts, place case in the middle, and fill up the rest of the space with peanuts. Try to keep even spacing on all sides.

Afterwards, seal top with strong packing tape, length and width wise and you're good to go.

Hope that helps!
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post #15 of 16
I have sold several systems on ebay when i came across cheap parts to build a full system. I have successfully shipped 2 SLI systems and 3 LARGE single video cards without any super protective methods. I just used the original case box then shipped all manuals, cords, accessories included in another box. Insured only the computer boxes and without issue. Got positive feedback on all of them and even a call from one to say how happy he was with the build quality.

I'd say if you were to be more cautious than me, a bit of bubblewrap/foam blocks stuff inbetween the cpu cooler, vga, down to the psu/bottom case area would prevent too much stress on everything. I didn't do this, but I may have got lucky 5 times in a row lol.
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post #16 of 16
If you have the original boxes you should put everything in its box. Lucky for me I keep my boxes
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