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Just make small rolls of bubble wrap (like a burrito) to fill in the empty spaces around the GPU and CPU cooler. Has to be tight so they cant move. Small pieces of cardboard and high-density foam can be used also.thumb.gif
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I would not suggest putting anything inside the case that does not belong there.

A 1,000 mile trip is plenty of time for ESD to ruin the computer.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by broadbandaddict View Post

Nah. I doubt that orientation will do anything. They'll probably carry the box in the easiest orientation anyways which would be just like the stock case box.
OK. Thank you.
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Originally Posted by Mootsfox View Post

Ship in the original case packaging.
Do not ship with an aftermarket heatsink installed.
Be careful with large GPUs.
Other than that you shouldn't have a problem. Ship with UPS and get insurance.

OK. Anyone know how much insurance is? I estimate the package wil be 30 pounds max since the case is 17 pounds.
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Foam blocks work wonders for securing the inside of the computer. 
I have shipped off a fully built tower using the original case packaging/foam blocks and it arrived in the condition that I sent it off. 

The key is securing the inside with something solid and around the case with some bubble wrap. 

OK. Thanks!
    
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https://wwwapps.ups.com/ctc/request thumb.gif

They gave me a quote of $28.XX for ground assuming it was less than $100 value. I'm just curious about the insurance.
    
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They gave me a quote of $28.XX for ground assuming it was less than $100 value. I'm just curious about the insurance.

Click on the detailed time and cost. It will have a field for declared value. Also when you go to ship it, make sure you print out an itemized list WITH prices and place it inside of the box. Pictures may also help your case if anything should go bad.
 
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Click on the detailed time and cost. It will have a field for declared value. Also when you go to ship it, make sure you print out an itemized list WITH prices and place it inside of the box. Pictures may also help your case if anything should go bad.

OK. Will do. The insurance is only about $6 more smile.gif
    
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Thanks for your help guys. MY friend is buying the parts and shipping it to him, he has a friend that works at Geeksquad that will build it for him apparently.
    
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he has a friend that works at Geeksquad that will build it for him apparently

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! weirdsmiley.gif

I'd take my chances with UPS/FedEx/DHL/USPS/Pony Express/Drunken Carrier Pigeons before I'd have anyone who works at Geek Squad touching my rig. Probably an unfair generalization, but I've spent so many hours correcting their "repairs" that my opinion is pretty much solidified. Just have your friend order the parts and direct them to a youtube video that walks them through it. If your friend lacks a computer to watch that video then overnight them a DVD. I did this for my dad and he survived (was in his late 50s at the time). Hell, my grandmother has successfully upgraded her RAM and installed a scanner with nothing but me talking her through it over the phone. It's not only a great learning experience for the end user, its a hugely empowering excise.
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he has a friend that works at Geeksquad that will build it for him apparently
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! weirdsmiley.gif
I'd take my chances with UPS/FedEx/DHL/USPS/Pony Express/Drunken Carrier Pigeons before I'd have anyone who works at Geek Squad touching my rig. Probably an unfair generalization, but I've spent so many hours correcting their "repairs" that my opinion is pretty much solidified. Just have your friend order the parts and direct them to a youtube video that walks them through it. If your friend lacks a computer to watch that video then overnight them a DVD. I did this for my dad and he survived (was in his late 50s at the time). Hell, my grandmother has successfully upgraded her RAM and installed a scanner with nothing but me talking her through it over the phone. It's not only a great learning experience for the end user, its a hugely empowering excise.

He already bought the parts and I'm sure they arrived by now. Just because someone works at Geek Squad doesn't mean they can't do anything. From what I hear they are limited as to what they do at Geek Squad.
    
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