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Old Sep 13th 2019, 1:42 pm
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I have my Interview in just a few weeks and im looking at how much the final move will cost. i have a gaming PC that i would like to ship along with the accessories, monitor, keyboard and mouse etc. and probably a few other small items in, no furniture at all. i will buy a new desk and chair when i am over there. the PC is around 60cm length, 50cm height and 25cm width plus need a little extra space for the monitor and other bits as i said. hard for me to get the weight of whats needed right now.

My first thought was to buy a wooden crate and ship with UPS but just wanted advice.
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Old Sep 13th 2019, 3:25 pm
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Why not just sell the components on eBay (minus your SSDs) and buy a new PC when you get here?

It would be a good opportunity to upgrade, versus the time and expense of shipping it.
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I put mine in hold luggage wrapped in bubble wrap and paid £50 for the extra suitcase!!
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Old Sep 13th 2019, 5:53 pm
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Why not just sell the components on eBay (minus your SSDs) and buy a new PC when you get here?

It would be a good opportunity to upgrade, versus the time and expense of shipping it.
My son built his using components from Fry's electronics... he had a load of fun doing it and it was way cheaper than buying a readymade one.
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Just remember to flip the little switch in the PSU.. although UK to US probably won’t be as bad...many years ago my company sent 3 PC’s from US to UK.... was set to 110v and PSU blew each time we plugged it in to 220v, took “blowing up” 2 to figure it out..
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Just remember to flip the little switch in the PSU.. although UK to US probably won’t be as bad...many years ago my company sent 3 PC’s from US to UK.... was set to 110v and PSU blew each time we plugged it in to 220v, took “blowing up” 2 to figure it out..
Thankfully most modern PCs will autoswitch - but its worth checking.....
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oh thats good to know thank you, i did wonder about the power but hadn't looked into it yet.
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Mine is one i have built. it's very rewarding when you build your own PC
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When we moved from Scotland to Ohio in 2016, we went out before the H1B started to look at apartments etc, and on that trip, Mrs P and I took three suitcases each - i took my entire PC in one, and the 27" monitor in another. However, last month, when we moved back to Scotland, I didn;t want to go down that route, so I got rid of the case and sold my monitor, then took the motherboard (mini ITX with CPU and ram in it), the GPU (too expensive to easily replace), the hdd & ssd, the PSU, and the heatsink/fans and wrapped them individually in bubble wrap and put them in various suitcases. Then I just bought a new monitor, case, and UK keyboard when we got back home.
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As mentioned, just take a couple of reusable parts,
motherboard, GPU and hard drives, if Up to date.
if not then sell it and buy newer updated version.
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Old Sep 26th 2019, 7:42 pm
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When we moved from Scotland to Ohio in 2016, we went out before the H1B started to look at apartments etc, and on that trip, Mrs P and I took three suitcases each - i took my entire PC in one, and the 27" monitor in another. However, last month, when we moved back to Scotland, I didn;t want to go down that route, so I got rid of the case and sold my monitor, then took the motherboard (mini ITX with CPU and ram in it), the GPU (too expensive to easily replace), the hdd & ssd, the PSU, and the heatsink/fans and wrapped them individually in bubble wrap and put them in various suitcases. Then I just bought a new monitor, case, and UK keyboard when we got back home.
This is what I did on the move over. Case and PSU repurchased. It's a pretty small package without those two bits.

If you still have your motherboard box, you can do a cutout for your heatsink and then that gives you some pretty good well formed protection for the core components.

REMEMBER anti static bags - do not just wrap the naked parts in bubble wrap as you have a high chance of having some static electricity involved and wrecking everything.
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Try https://www.transglobalexpress.co.uk/

I've used them a few times to ship some gearboxes out there (a lot heaver than a PC) and it came to about $500. It's based primarily on weight as they are air freighted so a PC setup would be a fraction of that. Door to door (midwest) was about 4 days.
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