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Im going home on pre-deployment leave and would like to store my PC at home rather than in military storage where its more likely to get broken/stolen haha... atleast if i bring it home, i can have my dad take care of it while i'm in afghanistan.... or sell it If i can find a buyer in the week that i'm home and upgrade to BD/IB when i get back from deployment.

I'm authorized 1 23kg (about 50lbs) underbelly bag, and 1 carry-on, so i'm planning on taking it apart and placing the parts in there original packaging in my check in and a few pieces in my carry on so I dont need to pay extra for weight.

I'm going to leave my case here in germany, to eliminate about 16lb's from the total PC weight...

my question is, has anyone had any experience bringing a PC on a flight? more specifically an international flight? and which parts should i bring on my carry on that wont raise a bunch of questions from security/customs....

i'm thinking HDD in my carryon incase my bag gets thrown around, any other suggestions?

packing my bag tonight so any ideas would be awesome.... +rep to helpful comments
    
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As long as they're on your original package and tight inside the bag, they'll be fine.

I recently drove from Germany to my house in Spain for summer holidays, and I took my whole rig with me in the car without taking anything off it, and it came completely fine.

In your case, I'd just put everything on it's original package, you should be fine!
    
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thanks^^

if im cutting it close on weight, i may leave my 212+ in germany and just get a h50 or something when i'm home....

dont want to run the risk of paying 5 euro per kg over

when i came here i got lucky, i had 2 bags, each weighed about 70kg and didnt have to pay anything, dont want to try and get lucky twice haha
    
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Worst that might happen is they will make you take out everything from your hand luggage, and put it one by one in the x-ray.
Anything but hard disks should easily survive the flight in your standard baggage (dunno the name for it) if packed in original boxes and secured appropriately.

I've flown with entire PC about 7 times (except for case, obviously), always had at least HDDs in hand luggage and they always wanted to check what are those.
It depends on the country and mostly on the border guard you'll end up with, the less tech savvy ones will always wonder what are those weird thingies you're carrying.

EDIT: 5 euro per kg is still much cheaper than Hyper 212+
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to be honest just pay like the extra €20 and take it as one. it will survive better like that, rather than in bits.
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I would just take the MOBO, GPU, CPU, and RAM. The rest will be heavy and bulky.
Just set the Rig up like a tech station when you get back.
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Quote:
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to be honest just pay like the extra €20 and take it as one. it will survive better like that, rather than in bits.
I agree with this.
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Pack it well. Really, really well. Mark your bag as extremely fragile. I would remove the heatsink and place that separately too.

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I would just take the MOBO, GPU, CPU, and RAM. The rest will be heavy and bulky.
Just set the Rig up like a tech station when you get back.
That's a good idea.
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to be honest just pay like the extra €20 and take it as one. it will survive better like that, rather than in bits.
Errr, no way in hell.
If you put your rig, with graphic card and heatsink installed, and let the guys who pack baggage into airplanes play with it, you'll need some gorilla glue to make your rig look like it used to.
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post #10 of 14
I used to carry my PC along when I was a student back in the day and returning home for the summer and then back again for the new semester on a 4 hour international flight. I had kept the box for tha case and just placed the PC in there, stuck a fragile sticker and handed it over to be kept in cargo while in-transit, I didnt have any broken parts.

I would maybe advise to take off the gfx card and cpu cooler since they are lot bulkier nowadays than they used to be 10 years ago.
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