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I'm currently in the process of moving from Dallas to Seattle and I'm trying to find the best way to get my computers up there. I have 3 PCs that I would like to move, a 350D that's water-cooled to the gills with 240mm rand and 280mm rad no res, a prodigy that's just air-cooled with HDDs as it's my NAS, and a misc tower that I don't have a box for. I also have 3x Dell U2412Ms that I have no idea where the boxes are for them. What would be the best way to get my computers and monitors shipped up to Seattle? I will be flying up there so driving them up there is out of the question. Any Ideas?
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Honestly if it were me and it was being shipped, I've tear it all down and package all the pieces tightly in a box before having it shipped. Regardless of being watercooled or not. I'm planning a move to Cali soon and will be doing the same thing. It sounds like work, but work doesn't cost you much, whereas if you don't tear it down and something breaks...
 
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I moved with my FT02 (once from the old house to an apartment temporarily while waiting on the new house and from the apartment to the new house) and even though they're all within a five minute drive of each other, I put my computer inside the box with original packaging my FT02 came in and it did a good job, if Bitfenix and Corsair package their cases as well as SilverStone, this should work out pretty well. My FT02 only has minor scratches that are more likely from cleaning dust off of it and daily use, it's mainly all on the window.

Edit: Just use the box that your cases came in and adjust the packaging materials if needed, most case manufacturers will try to make sure that their cases will be packaged well to avoid damage while shipping and the box will be the perfect size for your fully built PC so it should work out well.
Edited by Jack Mac - 11/8/13 at 11:53am
    
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Originally Posted by Jack Mac View Post

I moved with my FT02 (once from the old house to an apartment temporarily while waiting on the new house and from the apartment to the new house) and even though they're all within a five minute drive of each other, I put my computer inside the box with original packaging my FT02 came in and it did a good job, if Bitfenix and Corsair package their cases as well as SilverStone, this should work out pretty well. My FT02 only has minor scratches that are more likely from cleaning dust off of it and daily use, it's mainly all on the window.

Edit: Just use the box that your cases came in and adjust the packaging materials if needed, most case manufacturers will try to make sure that their cases will be packaged well to avoid damage while shipping and the box will be the perfect size for your fully built PC so it should work out well.
A quick drive inside a car is fine the way you described but he's needing to package it for shipping. Have you ever seen how boxes are handled in shipping? They may come intact but that doesn't mean they were not dropped, jolted, banged, etc. A fully built PC with large heavy cards and water cooling has a high chance of not surviving. He would have to fill the inside of the PC with foam with proper support and bracing. However that doesn't help your hard drives anyways.
 
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A quick drive inside a car is fine the way you described but he's needing to package it for shipping. Have you ever seen how boxes are handled in shipping? They may come intact but that doesn't mean they were not dropped, jolted, banged, etc. A fully built PC with large heavy cards and water cooling has a high chance of not surviving. He would have to fill the inside of the PC with foam with proper support and bracing. However that doesn't help your hard drives anyways.

If you're not moving it yourself, than definitely take it apart and send it individually.
    
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I moved from Phoenix to NYC shipping both of my PC's. I had a custom i5(600t case) and prebuilt Alienware. I always keep all my boxes so I removed my GPU/CPU coolers to avoid any snapping issues and left all my SSD/HDD's inside them, I made sure everything I left inside was completely stable and did not move the slightest bit. I also made sure the left in items were disconnected then put the stock Styrofoams on the case and proceeded to overly wrap the cases in bubble wrap. Most people fully rip apart the PC but since I had it extra cushioned inside the original boxes I felt safe. I plugged both them back in when they arrived and had no issues at all.


Just FYI for my computers & monitors I used UPS and not a moving company(had one pc stolen a while back even though the moving company paid me for the loss). No matter how you ship it make sure you have INSURANCE!!!!!!!! Good luck with the move smile.gif
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