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As the title says, I'm looking for a little advice on how I should go about my computer for this move. I'm in the military and am having a moving company move all my belongings so I don't have to deal with the stress, and you don't make that much money anymore like you used to.

The personal items are going to be in a semi-like truck as they bring other belongings with them, it'll also be in the heat (don't know if it's air conditioned, probably not..) and I'm moving to San Antonio, TX and reside in Mississippi, so it's going to be hot all the way around

That said, below are my specs and am curious what I should take apart and package.

Switch 810
2x GTX 680's
AX1200 PSU
MSI GD655 w/ i7 2700K
Corsair H100
Some cathode lights
OCZ Vertex 3 SSD
Couple HDD's


I was thinking just take the GPU's out so they don't vibrate around everywhere and most everything is pretty snug already. Probably remove the HDD's, and the SSD can probably stay inside and then let them package everything else up. They don't just throw it into a box and actually package stuff so it's not damaged.

So what do you suggest? That sound like a game plan?
     
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Screw in drives, take out gpu's, and pack the pc into its original box with the styrofoam caps and plastic bag. Is it possible to keep the pc in your car? that could make a difference.
     
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Screw in drives, take out gpu's, and pack the pc into its original box with the styrofoam caps and plastic bag. Is it possible to keep the pc in your car? that could make a difference.

It's possible, perhaps -- But even if I put it back in all it's original packaging -- They will actually still package it again, and I am limited on space as I'll be taking some things with us in the car and only car we have is an 08 Mazda 3 (so it's small) for me wife and daughter, real estate is quite low tongue.gif
     
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Take out anything that cannot be supported well in the machine:

Video cards and hard drives generally. Package them separately and package them VERY well. I use a rule of thumb of twice the size of what I am sending or packing. With cards, I want at least 3 inches of packing all the way around. Hard drives I pack with 2 inches all the way around. Cathode lights should come out too if they are not packed well. After that, for the machine, I pack it in something that will give at least 4 inches all the way around. Then, i use the packing that you mix 2 parts of liquid together to make foam bags and put them around the case. Makes a super awesome custom fit shipping container.

If you are going in a car, take the cards and hard drives out. Put the cards and hard drives in packaging that will make them safe and off you go.
 
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Ship it like Origin /Digital Storm does, in a wood crate with foam airbags inside the PC and thick foam outside the PC. To be safe though HDDs should be unplugged and removed, any large heatsink needs to be removed from mobo.
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When off, it should be alright with like 150f heat, so, no worries there. I would definitely remove the gpu's, but since you have water cooling, nm else to worry about.

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Oh thank you for this thread. I've been losing sleeps over this exact issue. (for an imminent few years into the future albeit)

Personally, I would sell off/give away the case. But my problem lies with the innards. I would personally put CPU back in original plastic container and what not, same with other components wrapped/bubble wrapped in original box and bubble wrap them again inside a suitcase, with other more shock sensitive components such as HDDs go in hand carried bags.

Would be cheaper than having a courier shipping a whole system afar, no?

(posting with moving ABROAD in mind.)
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Thanks for the feedback so far.

Also, don't have to worry about costs of moving, it doesn't cost me a dime, they do all this themselves. This is considered a high value item, I will just talk with them tomorrow and take out the GPU's and the HDD's, everything else I'm confident can stay in there, I will put the GPU's in their original packaging and then have them package it as well for the move, I do have all the original packaging for everything.... lol
     
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Hoarding boxes has its perks. :thumbs: Good luck.
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Thanks for the feedback so far.

Also, don't have to worry about costs of moving, it doesn't cost me a dime, they do all this themselves. This is considered a high value item, I will just talk with them tomorrow and take out the GPU's and the HDD's, everything else I'm confident can stay in there, I will put the GPU's in their original packaging and then have them package it as well for the move, I do have all the original packaging for everything.... lol

Exactly what you want to do. I'm about to PCS from Japan and am going to do the same thing, just shipping the tower myself.

GL and hope everything goes smoothly.
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