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Topic # 133475 23-Oct-2013 14:14
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After finally getting settled into my new place I would like to bring my PC over from Australia. I have searched online but have only found some old threads about people shipping their PC's over.

Anyways, I was hoping someone would have first hand experience of this or even some recommended shipping methods?

Thanks

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  Reply # 920767 24-Oct-2013 06:16
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Open the lid and stuff it with clothing. Fill it as full as you possibly can. Can you squeeze another sock into the little gap between those two hard drives? In it goes.

Why?

Your parcel will be dropped.

It will be dropped from a height sufficient to strip the screws holding down heavy components.

Do you realise how much damage is done to a PC when the PSU screws strip and the heavy PSU is left to rattle around inside the case? (I forgot to add, it will be dropped more than once.)

It is not pretty.

I have seen this happen to two PCs and so now, when I ship PCs, I either dismantle them completely, or ship them stuffed with clothing.

Of course, none of that will help when the courier driver doing the last-mile delivery puts a washing machine on top of your parcel because the washing machine will be first item out of the van. (Seen that one as well.)

Good luck.

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  Reply # 920775 24-Oct-2013 07:30
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Disassembly and packing sounds like a good suggestion to me. Things like heatsinks are pretty poorly mounted, it would be easy to damage it.

Maybe it'd be better to sell it and buy another, though that would be expensive.




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  Reply # 920777 24-Oct-2013 07:34
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timmmay: Disassembly and packing sounds like a good suggestion to me. Things like heatsinks are pretty poorly mounted, it would be easy to damage it.

Maybe it'd be better to sell it and buy another, though that would be expensive.


Or perhaps dismantle the PC and sell everything but the memory, cpu, mobo and hard disk, post those and buy a new case/psu and any other bits.


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  Reply # 920862 24-Oct-2013 10:34
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I had a friend who moved to aussie a few months ago. He just put his PC in the box his case came in and took it with him to the airport. Cost him ~$50 but he got it there in one piece. Probably not the safest method, but it's an option




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  Reply # 920877 24-Oct-2013 10:55
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Thanks for the suggestions everyone. I think I will get my brother to dismantle the PC (It is watercooled so I would need to remove that anyway).

I have previously brought a PC with my via Checked Luggage and it came out the otherside all banged up (Thankfully it still worked). So I would like to avoid that.

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  Reply # 920878 24-Oct-2013 10:59
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We put ours in a box, packed clothes etc around it and checked it in as a bag for our flight here.




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  Reply # 920899 24-Oct-2013 11:24
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Take the drives out and bring them as carry on.


The Data is the most valuable thing in there, back it up and keep it separate while things are travelling.....

 

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  Reply # 920901 24-Oct-2013 11:29
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I moved my HTPC from NZ to Australia a few years ago. We used DHL and shipped it on a pallet with all our other gear though.

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  Reply # 920941 24-Oct-2013 12:27
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we use a liquid foam in a bag to cushion them. it pours in and sets like packing foam. Fills all the gaps very well.
Have not damaged one yet and we ship weekly, the boxes can show damage but the inside has always been OK



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  Reply # 921097 24-Oct-2013 17:02
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hsvhel: we use a liquid foam in a bag to cushion them. it pours in and sets like packing foam. Fills all the gaps very well.
Have not damaged one yet and we ship weekly, the boxes can show damage but the inside has always been OK


This sounds interesting. Where can I get some and how much do they cost?

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  Reply # 921183 24-Oct-2013 21:24
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jpoc: Open the lid and stuff it with clothing. Fill it as full as you possibly can. Can you squeeze another sock into the little gap between those two hard drives? In it goes.

What's going be worse, damage from drop; or electrostatic damage from all those fabrics, especially the wooly socks?




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  Reply # 922003 26-Oct-2013 12:16
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Sarquiss: After finally getting settled into my new place I would like to bring my PC over from Australia. I have searched online but have only found some old threads about people shipping their PC's over.

Anyways, I was hoping someone would have first hand experience of this or even some recommended shipping methods?

Thanks


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  Reply # 925329 1-Nov-2013 08:32
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I disassembled my PC when moving to NZ and took it on the plane with me...drives came as carry-on, in anti-static bags surrounded by a lot of bubble wrap and clothing, mobo, PSU & cards were packed in anti-static bags inside boxes, in with the rest of my checked luggage. The case got shipped over with the rest of my stuff.

On arrival, I bought an old case for $2 and rebuilt my PC in that until my real case turned up.

It worked quite well...I have quite a lot of drives, including 4 in my NAS, but apart from being damn heavy they all got through ok.

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