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post #1 of 21
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I am planning on moving to Europe from the US and i am bringing my rig with me.

My idea is to put the computer back in the case with the white foamy things that protect it (forgot the name) and ship it through Fedex or UPS.

I have decided my GPUs and the Corsair H80 will go in a separate box, well protected (anti-static bags etc) because they are probably the pieces that are more in danger of moving or getting damaged. I am not sure about the HDDs.

I think I am going to leave the mobo, CPU, HDDs and DDR inside, and probably the PSU too. is that a good idea?

Anyone has any experience moving/shipping PCs?

Any recommendations?
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post #2 of 21
Looks like a plan. Just make sure you insure it.

Also, find out how you can ship the stuff internationally to yourself, in such away that you can avoid taxes and duties.
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post #3 of 21
The safest way would be to remove every part and ship them separately. I would do that and not risk it. The mobo should be fine if you left it, same goes for the ram and CPU.
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post #4 of 21
Removing the cpu heatsink and pci cards are the most important. Hdd's are ok to leave in IMO if they're screwed, and not screwless mounts. Using the original box helps ton's. Depending on the size of the GPU's you might be able to put them in the original box and slip them in the case and tape them down or between the case and box if there is enough room. The h80 is the only thing I'd be worried about shipping at all, unless you have the original box.
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post #5 of 21
Eh, Take out the videocard and stuff with with Newspaper.
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post #6 of 21
Stuff the interior of the PC with tons of bubble wrap and put the actual PC in the case's box. Stuff that with bubble wrap too.

You don't need to take anything out.

It worked for me.
post #7 of 21
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Looks like a plan. Just make sure you insure it.

Also, find out how you can ship the stuff internationally to yourself, in such away that you can avoid taxes and duties.
Yeah, i will insure every package, but informing myself about the taxes and duties is a good observation.

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Originally Posted by kenolak View Post
The h80 is the only thing I'd be worried about shipping at all, unless you have the original box.
i do have the box since I just bought it today, and i wanted to keep it to ship it safely.

thanks guys
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post #8 of 21
Take any PCI cards out (gpu/soundcard etc), that should be enough
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post #9 of 21
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Originally Posted by kiwiasian View Post
Stuff the interior of the PC with tons of bubble wrap and put the actual PC in the case's box. Stuff that with bubble wrap too.

You don't need to take anything out.

It worked for me.
Wont that create static electricity? i don't want my components to die bc i wasn't careful, i am already scared that they will break them, seeing how they throw stuff around in the airports...
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I'm heading back to the dorms this September with my new rig, and I'm only going to remove the video card and hard drives (video card because the PCI-E bus slot and screws aren't enough support to keep it from absorbing the bumps the case my encounter. The hard drives are screwless which can be a problem with a lot of movement. I have the H50 and the HSF seems very secure, with the pipes not being stretched out. I'll put foam peanuts in the original HAF 912 case box, put the case in, and ship. Posting it as fragile should help but will be more expensive.
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