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I would take the gpus, hdds, and maybe res/pump on a carry on. Then make sure your case is very well protected for shock

I wouldnt worry about being stopped by TSA because of your carry on.

I carried one of these babies in my carry on bag about 3 years back. Looks like a gun and much more harmful than a gpu. A radio for my R/C car. LOL
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ImmortalKenny View Post
All you need to do is drain it.

What would be best is to remove the GPU, because it gives leverage to break the PCI-e slot.
This^
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So no need to drain the loop?
Yes, there is absolutely no way they are going to let you bring that much liquid onboard, they will start to get suspicious.




Remember to package your computer well and try to get special care for it(fragile). Sometimes the air crew just throw your stuff into the plane.
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Thank you all for your replies ! I'm going to drain it and take as many parts on board with me that I can
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I recently UPS'd my water cooled computer from the UK to Canada, with one or two issues. The box turned up late, wet (it was raining that day in Vancouver) and it had obviously been dropped. The computer still worked fine though; I had packed it well and take then HDDs out, I had also secured the unsupported end of the GPU to the chassis with some string (I am a climber, rigging just came naturally).

Things to note:

If you plan to take it with you on the plane, call the airline first. They may not guarantee against damage (BA wouldn't), so if they break it you pay.

You will not be able to take it on as a carry on. It will be too big / unusual / "dangerous", so it will be at the not so tender mercy of the baggage handlers.

Make sure that the loop is drained and the cap is loose. It will likely be subjected to lower than atmospheric pressure, which could cause a hose to blow off, or a res to rupture. Unlikely I know, but not worth the risk.

Take the HDDs out and carry them on (there will be no problems with security). If they loose / break your computer then at least you will still have your personal data / pics / films etc.

Pack it well. Wrap it up in blankets if you don't have other packing materials to hand. Assume that it will be put down in every orientation possible, and pack to protect against that ("this way up" stickers were ineffective on my box, and they will be less so at the airport)

Consider sending it by a parcel courier. It will probably be safer and it will be insured for the value you state.

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