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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-03-2016, 02:35 PM - Thread Starter
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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.

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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.

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Can you put lots of dunnage and fluff inside the case for shipping? Basically to immobilize the cooler while in transit. And then instruct the person on the other end to remove all the stuffing out of the case.

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Can you put lots of dunnage and fluff inside the case for shipping? Basically to immobilize the cooler while in transit. And then instruct the person on the other end to remove all the stuffing out of the case.

It is a basics physics thing, more or less.

You could make the outside of the case packing bullet proof, if it was dropped with basically a weight hanging off the mobo with no support it could still crack things.
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I would never, ever, advocate shipping a large air cooler mounted to the board, or even with most GPUs installed. This is a recipe for disaster.

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Yeah I agree with that too. But shock absorption is key since we are assuming there will be drops and boots. The OP will certainly have to reinforce and tape packaging to all corners of the outer case as well, hoping to suspend the case somewhere in the middle of the space of the box. Then put in dunnage to absorb impact but not be stiff.

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I would never, ever, advocate shipping a large air cooler mounted to the board, or even with most GPUs installed. This is a recipe for disaster.

The big builders out there do it all the time.

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The big builders out there do it all the time.

Insurance, service departments, and enough volume to justify custom packaging...they can afford it.

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Can you put lots of dunnage and fluff inside the (computer) case for shipping? Basically to immobilize the cooler while in transit. And then instruct the person on the other end to remove all the stuffing out of the case.

Since the recipient is probably not savvy enough to reinstall the cooler, this is what I would recommend.

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If you can't remove the cooler or any other heavy items attached to mobo (gpu), then you NEED to pack the inside tight. Use some styrofoam or some type of heavy foam with little give and then cut it out so that it braces against the case walls and holds your cooler/gpu's in place. Really you want as little give as possible, because we have to expect the worst here, a drop from 1-3ft from any angle is possible and it could happen several times during a trip.

Biggest key to shipping breakables is to package tightly and also have a good buffer zone between items. On smaller boxed items what can really get you is not enough packing inside, where the item bounces around back and forth inside the box (same idea for items inside a pc case). Your idea for using the factory box + another box and peanuts is probably fine, just make sure the peanuts are solid so the factory box can't move around a lot inside.


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