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12-04-2016 08:38 AM
Justiceinacan I kept the case in it's own box, and kept the styrofoam bits it came with
Surrounded that box with fillers, ya know
Put a big box around that
I basically took your advice (but from someone else) and filled the inner bits with packing materials too. A RAM stick came loose but it was straightforward enough for him to re-install it.
12-02-2016 06:53 PM
Vario Glad it worked out. One thing that can be done in the future for this type of thing is to use foam or stacked cardboard and carve it out to fit around your components inside the case.
12-02-2016 01:58 PM
Bigceeloc
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Originally Posted by Justiceinacan View Post

Thanks for the tips, old thread and it was already shipped before many replies came in but I'm happy to report it arrived safe.

Nice, so how did you do it? Let's have some closure on this thread. smile.gif
12-02-2016 01:40 PM
Moparman Last time I shipped a desktop I had to pack the inside with Foam that they had to remove. If you don't pack it well where the cooler is supported and the GPU for that matter I will bet it ends up DOA from how the boxes are treated during shipping. I always label my boxes Glass when they are computers that are together.
12-02-2016 01:32 PM
Justiceinacan Thanks for the tips, old thread and it was already shipped before many replies came in but I'm happy to report it arrived safe.
12-01-2016 10:54 PM
Blameless Well, you do what you've got to do.

I'd personally try to put an AIO cooler on the CPU and have the recipient install the GPU if at all possible, but if that's not possible, there has been plenty of solid advice about how to pack the system.
12-01-2016 11:41 AM
Bigceeloc That is true. smile.gif
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Insurance, service departments, and enough volume to justify custom packaging...they can afford it.

You certainly are right about that. It seems like the OP is constrained to sending the pc fully assembled and is assuming there will be some risk. wink.gif
12-01-2016 11:27 AM
Faster_is_better 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.
12-01-2016 11:03 AM
Lady Fitzgerald
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Originally Posted by Bigceeloc View Post

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.
12-01-2016 10:48 AM
Blameless
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Originally Posted by Bigceeloc View Post

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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