It actually was just set in there, tight against the bottom and sides, some bubble wrap was obviously missing, unless they didn't put much in. The box was crushed up to where the 7970 box was.
The box was left on my stairs like this, while I was inside. No signing, no knock. I was getting my shoes on to go out and get it from the driver.
Just last summer I bricked a system when I put in a suspect video card (that was getting BSOD's on a system I built for a friend), then all of a sudden that system went in to a boot-loop. Took out that card, same thing. Tried another PSU, the original one was toast, and now the system constantly BSOD'd. Something got borked by something. The PSU could have been on the fritz, but the system worked fin till that suspect GPU went in. I've never really trusted suspect or used hardware going into a system that I own (unless its designated as a 'test' system). I just put this 3570k system together in November. Its still fresh.