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My friend from Texas is about to buy some parts and ship it to me here in Arizona. I just want to know if anyone did it before and what they paid to ship a desktop to another state.
    
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i did, shiped a desktop from missouri to washigton, was around $55 iirc, shipped the video card seperatly though so it wont snap on accident.

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i did, shiped a desktop from missouri to washigton, was around $55 iirc, shipped the video card seperatly though so it wont snap on accident.

Should I do this as well? I was thinking of sending one package but I'll wrap up the graphics card. What carrier did you ship? Did you bubble wrap the hell out of the desktop?
    
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I once built a full computer for a friend in Louisiana and shipped it over to Oklahoma with the original case packaging it cost around $50, If I remember correctly that was with insurance through USPS. I don't recommend shipping through USPS. I have shipped two full computers for friends in the last few years and both times the case would arrive with dents and and puncture holes in packaging, one of the computers had things come loose in the case and I had to walk the guy through steps on how to fix it himself I was so furious with USPS.

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In the most recent shipment I had packed the inside with bubble wrap so none of the components would budge, I also took the opportunity to pack a mouse and a few extra accessories in there as well. biggrin.gif
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With webcam, skype, facetime technology these days, why not have him/her try to put it together himself and you can walk him through it? That way he'll learn how to do it and be able to fix it next time.
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I once built a full computer for a friend in Louisiana and shipped it over to Oklahoma with the original case packaging it cost around $50, If I remember correctly that was with insurance through USPS. I don't recommend shipping through USPS. I have shipped two full computers for friends in the last few years and both times the case would arrive with dents and and puncture holes in packaging, one of the computers had things come loose in the case and I had to walk the guy through steps on how to fix it himself I was so furious with USPS.
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In the most recent shipment I had packed the inside with bubble wrap so none of the components would budge, I also took the opportunity to pack a mouse and a few extra accessories in there as well. biggrin.gif

I was thinking of UPS. I hear UPS is good for large packages. Should I take the GPU out before shipping? It can't be too hard for my friend to put the GPU back in, but fully assembling will take him a long time I suspect.
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With webcam, skype, facetime technology these days, why not have him/her try to put it together himself and you can walk him through it? That way he'll learn how to do it and be able to fix it next time.

I'm not sure he would be willing to do it, plus he doesn't have a working computer and he wants to return to dota2 asap.
    
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I was thinking of UPS. I hear UPS is good for large packages. Should I take the GPU out before shipping? It can't be too hard for my friend to put the GPU back in, but fully assembling will take him a long time I suspect.
I'm not sure he would be willing to do it, plus he doesn't have a working computer and he wants to return to dota2 asap.

I always ship the GPU in the system. I mean hell all the OEMs do it too if you think about it. UPS is the best IMHO, cheap and reliable, I like FedEx a lot too.
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When shipping a PC, you want

* To either secure GPU(s) or take it out of the system and package it separately.
* To either secure HDD/ODD with screws or package it separately
* Package CPU heatsink separately.
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I always ship the GPU in the system. I mean hell all the OEMs do it too if you think about it. UPS is the best IMHO, cheap and reliable, I like FedEx a lot too.

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Originally Posted by trumpet-205 View Post

When shipping a PC, you want
* To either secure GPU(s) or take it out of the system and package it separately.
* To either secure HDD/ODD with screws or package it separately
* Package CPU heatsink separately.

I was hoping to fully assemble it and ship it (wrap as much bubble to protect it of course) so my friend can take it out and start playing immediately. Have you had an issue that leads you to this advice?
    
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Originally Posted by broadbandaddict View Post

I always ship the GPU in the system. I mean hell all the OEMs do it too if you think about it. UPS is the best IMHO, cheap and reliable, I like FedEx a lot too.

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Originally Posted by trumpet-205 View Post

When shipping a PC, you want
* To either secure GPU(s) or take it out of the system and package it separately.
* To either secure HDD/ODD with screws or package it separately
* Package CPU heatsink separately.

I was hoping to fully assemble it and ship it (wrap as much bubble to protect it of course) so my friend can take it out and start playing immediately. Have you had an issue that leads you to this advice?

The CPU heatsink is what I'm most interested in redface.gif
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