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Originally Posted by Gorgatron View Post

I am confident my friend can fit the graphics card in if necessary, everything else he can do eventually but the main goal is to assemble this desktop for him, install windows and dota 2, ship it to him so when he receives it he can take it out and plug in.

yeah, the best thing to do is install an h50 hydro cooler, then just let your friend install the graphics card
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I would advise against filling the rig with packing peanuts. Haven't you ever seen them clinging to your arm? Its called static-cling for a reason, DO NOT USE THEM INSIDE YOUR CASE!!!
 
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I would advise against filling the rig with packing peanuts. Haven't you ever seen them clinging to your arm? Its called static-cling for a reason, DO NOT USE THEM INSIDE YOUR CASE!!!

hehe even if they weren't static, they offer no protection for the components inside considering the amount of flex allow. heck they offer so much flex you can break your video card in half and still not crush the packing peanuts biggrin.gif

packing peanuts are designed to cushion a fall by flexing. as far as vid card and CPU cooler, you basically don't want ANY flex at all cuz it wont take much to break the PCB's or even the PCI-E slots.

if you MUST ship something like a pre built computer, you need to stuff the inside of the case with anti static EPE foam blocks to limit as much flex as possible on the vid card / CPU heatsink. if you go with a AIO liquid cooler for the cpu, then I would strongly recommend shipping the vid card separately. even if the guy you are shipping it to is a total computer idiot, you should still be able to talk him through plugging the video card into the mobo and plugging power onto the video card.... hell with proper cable management and labeling i bet you can train a monkey to plug in a video card....
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I would advise against filling the rig with packing peanuts. Haven't you ever seen them clinging to your arm? Its called static-cling for a reason, DO NOT USE THEM INSIDE YOUR CASE!!!

I didn't consider that. Thank you for warning ahead of time. MY friend is probably going to buy the parts tomorrow.
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hehe even if they weren't static, they offer no protection for the components inside considering the amount of flex allow. heck they offer so much flex you can break your video card in half and still not crush the packing peanuts biggrin.gif
packing peanuts are designed to cushion a fall by flexing. as far as vid card and CPU cooler, you basically don't want ANY flex at all cuz it wont take much to break the PCB's or even the PCI-E slots.
if you MUST ship something like a pre built computer, you need to stuff the inside of the case with anti static EPE foam blocks to limit as much flex as possible on the vid card / CPU heatsink. if you go with a AIO liquid cooler for the cpu, then I would strongly recommend shipping the vid card separately. even if the guy you are shipping it to is a total computer idiot, you should still be able to talk him through plugging the video card into the mobo and plugging power onto the video card.... hell with proper cable management and labeling i bet you can train a monkey to plug in a video card....

OK. Can I get these foam blocks from UPS or some other shipping store?
    
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What does a flight from AZ to Texas cost? smile.gif Go meet your efriend for a weekend!
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When I shipped a fully built rig my 5870 came loose, bounced around, busted one of my MoBo PCI sockets and the $400 GPU never worked again.
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Just my two cents. Fill the entire case to the brim with packing peanuts. I mean FULL! SO nothing moves.
Then put it in a very heavy duty box, once that has high crush resistance. Also put very think foam on all sides of the case.
Get very good insurance, plus make sure they put fragile EVERYWHERE (like they listen anyway).
This way may cost a bit more, and take some effort, but your "friend/customer" will appreciate it.

I feel like packing the case full of peanuts would create a lot of static. Not sure that's the best idea. Never tried it or anything, just seems that way to me.
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This PDF from Fedex might help
http://images.fedex.com/us/packaging/guides/Computer_fxcom.pdf
They key thing is to use multiple boxes and plenty of padding.
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post #39 of 60
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Originally Posted by Kieran View Post

This PDF from Fedex might help
http://images.fedex.com/us/packaging/guides/Computer_fxcom.pdf
They key thing is to use multiple boxes and plenty of padding.

the problem is what's inside the case, even if you use multiple boxes and lots of padding like the one in the link you posted, it won't protect the heatsink and gpu from breaking.
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You could leave the GPU in the box and just put it in the hdd bay and take it down.
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