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Hello,

I will be flying on Friday night with my Silverstone SG10 rig. The rig will be on the cabin, right under my feet, in a well-padded backpack.

I am wondering if I should remove or not the NH-D14. Once I arrive at my destination I will have limited time to setup my machine and the SG10 doesn't easily allow me to remove the cooler with the motherboard still mounted.

I was thinking simply removing my 780Ti and filling the case with (clean) underwear and T-Shirts, like I did multiple times when trasporting the machine on the road. As an extra protection, place the cardboard box around the cooler. This way the cooler won't get damaged from the clothes and the clothes will absorb any shaking or potential movement.

Is this a "suicide"?

Thanks!
post #2 of 18
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Originally Posted by Athonline View Post

Hello,

I will be flying on Friday night with my Silverstone SG10 rig. The rig will be on the cabin, right under my feet, in a well-padded backpack.

I am wondering if I should remove or not the NH-D14. Once I arrive at my destination I will have limited time to setup my machine and the SG10 doesn't easily allow me to remove the cooler with the motherboard still mounted.

I was thinking simply removing my 780Ti and filling the case with (clean) underwear and T-Shirts, like I did multiple times when trasporting the machine on the road. As an extra protection, place the cardboard box around the cooler. This way the cooler won't get damaged from the clothes and the clothes will absorb any shaking or potential movement.

Is this a "suicide"?

Thanks!

Well there is your answer.
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Well there is your answer.

Well this time is 5 hours flight and not a 10 minutes drive. Plus I mainly worry for the landing....
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Well this time is 5 hours flight and not a 10 minutes drive. Plus I mainly worry for the landing....

I'd me more worried about the loading staff. They tend to throw stuff around. During transit and landing, the rig will be fine. It's just when the package comes into contact with people, that's the worry!
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Maybe I'm missing something but isn't removing cooler as simple as removing fans and than the 2 screws on crossbar? Clean all the TIM off and pack it back into case with your cloths as described above. When you get to destination apply TIM and mount. All you need is TIM and long screwdriver.. wink.gif
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I say you will be fine doing nothing as long as it is in your control.
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I'd me more worried about the loading staff. They tend to throw stuff around. During transit and landing, the rig will be fine. It's just when the package comes into contact with people, that's the worry!
I know... that is why I got a dedicated backpack for my rig only and will check-it in as a hand-luggage. I already asked British Airways and since it is a computer, I am allowed to have it as a second hand luggage.
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Maybe I'm missing something but isn't removing cooler as simple as removing fans and than the 2 screws on crossbar? Clean all the TIM off and pack it back into case with your cloths as described above. When you get to destination apply TIM and mount. wink.gif
It means I need more space for the cooler cooler and its' box. The SG10 is a great case, but kinda a pain sometimes to work on. To place the cooler back I will have to remove the PSU mounting and then the motherboard.
post #8 of 18
I have taken my Noctua DH-14 on a total of 4 11 hour car rides and it has turned out ok. The thing that I alway try to do though is to make sure the the motherboard is laying down with the cooler facing up but this also came from lack of space to stand a full tower up in the car lol Anyways I think you whould be good. The backplate on the dh-14 is pretty big and can support it fine as long as the motherboard is bolted down correctly. As for your GPU I would recommend taking that out. Again its not necessary but I have killed a motherboard by overflexing the pci slot before.. Of course I had a tripple slot card that had a massive cooler but i am still paranoid.. Anyways honestly if everything is bolted down securely you should be good to go! thumb.gif
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I say you will be fine doing nothing as long as it is in your control.

Thanks for the input. smile.gif
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I have taken my Noctua DH-14 on a total of 4 11 hour car rides and it has turned out ok. The thing that I alway try to do though is to make sure the the motherboard is laying down with the cooler facing up but this also came from lack of space to stand a full tower up in the car lol Anyways I think you whould be good. The backplate on the dh-14 is pretty big and can support it fine as long as the motherboard is bolted down correctly. As for your GPU I would recommend taking that out. Again its not necessary but I have killed a motherboard by overflexing the pci slot before.. Of course I had a tripple slot card that had a massive cooler but i am still paranoid.. Anyways honestly if everything is bolted down securely you should be good to go! thumb.gif

I will put support all around it. tongue.gif I will try to keep it on my feet and oriented down.

I worry as one of Toms' CPU coolers comparison mentioned they damaged 4 mobos due to the Noctua's weight... I got it as tight as possible. The GPU is definitely out and will be packed on its original box.

I am also extremely paranoid and reading a few horror stories made me even more! tongue.gif
post #10 of 18
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Thanks for the input. smile.gif
I will put support all around it. tongue.gif I will try to keep it on my feet and oriented down.

I worry as one of Toms' CPU coolers comparison mentioned they damaged 4 mobos due to the Noctua's weight... I got it as tight as possible. The GPU is definitely out and will be packed on its original box.

I am also extremely paranoid and reading a few horror stories made me even more! tongue.gif

I dont know why i always call it a dh-14.. I can never remember the name properly lol but yea that sounds like a good idea.

Also coming from a packing specialist I would avoid using clothes or anything else that could store static. If you could get you hands on some antistatic foam blocks or anti static bubble rap you would be much better off. Also clothes will not hold there shape and whatever item they are trying to secure will move around freely during transport. Unless of course you pack it in there so tight nothing moves lol tongue.gif
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