Hey all, I am going to be shipping soon, a desktop that I built for some far-away family. I decided to go with ground as I figured air would wind up on a truck anyways and time isn't super critical. UPS is my company of choice, going from eastern coast to somewhere in Louisiana.
The build is going to feature a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - infamous fan. If it helps any more I might suck up the $10 and give em a Cryorig H7
I'm particularly worried about the rigors of shipping - I've heard / seen lots, guys just chucking a package if it's got some weight to it, PC's arriving with warped motherboards and utterly destroyed heatsinks.
I'm asking about the chances of it arriving that way. What are your experiences with shipments like these?
Counterpoints to some things
"just let them assemble the CPU cooler" - reason why I'm building for them is that they probably wouldn't know how and I'd like to just send the full package if I can
"just drive it yourself" - that's a 24 hour drive... not counting the way back.
I plan on shipping with the box the case came in, then getting a bigger box and stuffing packing peanuts between both boxes. I also plan on making sure they know it's fragile, stickers on all sides and everything, and finally insuring the package. I'd still like to avoid making any claims of breakage, etc. if it is at all preventable, I know USPS and FedEx often do everything they can to not let a claim successfully pass through but UPS seems pretty reputable. (First time shipping a big package to someone so...)
Thanks for any tips.