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post #1 of 16
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My girlfriend will be bringing me my sli 680's among other parts, and I've been googling around and I'm a bit scared. Has anyone brought their computer or video cards with them? More specifically flying out of the US?
My concerns are that if she brings the parts in her handbag they will be confiscated.
Another concern is that passing it through the scanner will ruin the card - is this possible? She will be bringing my RAM, SSD, hard drive and video cards in her backpack so if anything can get harmed through this please tell me.
Another concern is that the altitude may harm the video card. I read something about anti static bags but are those necessary

And if she shouldn't bring them in her hand bag I'm concerned they will break in the luggage. She's taken everything out of the boxes to conserve space and the parts that scare me the most are the GPU's. They're still in the final layer of packaging, which is just a bag (are those anti-static?), and I'm pretty worried that something will happen to them.

Any recommendations on what should be done to ensure the parts arrive safely? Everything fits nicely in her bag so space there isn't a problem btw, but they have been taken out of the package.
post #2 of 16
You NEED anti statig bags for everything...And just add some padding.
I got my whole pc, except for the case from the US, shipped via USPS, so no worries there. thumb.gif
post #3 of 16
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She needs to bring them herself because she's coming to Peru, and I would probably be charged 30% of the cost in taxes plus having to wait for a month to get them.
Where can she get anti static bags in LA? Does Radioshack sell them?
And do you know if she will be fine bringing them in her handbag?

Also, season 3 is coming out November biggrin.gif
post #4 of 16
Just put them in the luggage, surrounded by clothes or whatever. Make sure they are in the antistatic bags.
EDIT: I don't know if radio shack sells them... they might. if the video cards are still in their packaging though they are probably already in antistatic bags.
    
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Not always...Better to be sure and buy them yourself.

As for the customs, if they scan and find the items they'll most likely charge you with taxes, regardless of how you got them in the country.
post #6 of 16
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True, I didn't completely think that through when I bought them but hopefully she'll get a green light or they'll see the open parts and not care.
That puts me at over a 50% chance of not having to worry about that, so I'll see what I do about that if any problems arise due to it as there's nothing I can do about it.

I told her to look for a microcenter and ask if they have any spare if they're not being sold, hopefully she will find some there. So is your suggestion to grab anti static bags and bubble wrap and put them in the luggage bags?
post #7 of 16
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I feel especially uncomfortable packing the two 680's in the luggage bag :/
post #8 of 16
They should be fine, just pad them good, and use anti statig bags for each card.
You can always have them inside some clothes. Hopefully you'll have top notch hardware, tax free.
I've ordered tons of gpus and stuff from the US and rarely paid taxes, and I'm from Argentina.
post #9 of 16
scanners dont break my laptops, my tablets, my smarth phones, or my handheld gaming devices. I don't see why it would harm a graphics card. But my desktop is the only device I own that I don't take with me everywhere haha.
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post #10 of 16
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I contacted the people that handle the customs and they told me I would definitely have to pay taxes + a certain amount of $ per kg that was ridiculous. I'll send it in the luggage then, but I'll make sure I take all possible precautions with the static bags + clothes + bubble wrap just in case.
This isn't on topic but you just reminded me how much I miss going to ski in Bariloche. I didn't go two winters ago due to the problem with the ashes and didn't go last winter either, and it's something I've done for most of the last decade. It's one of my favorite places so I now envy Argentinians because they have amazing ski resorts and apparently no custom taxes. Atleast we have llamas.
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