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Traveling 8 hours with computer liquid cooling ok?

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April 14, 2013 4:14:40 PM

I am looking to build a Mini Itx build here in June when the new haswell chips come out. I am going to take it with me on vacation but it will be in the car for 8 hours. If I have a H100i liquid cooling system hooked up will it be ok? Or any other components I should be careful with? What percausions do you take when taking your desktop on the move with you?

I will be buying the NCASE M1 case. I am one that will be able to get a pre-order. But I want to know how safe it is to travel with your case in your car. I was thinking of getting a shipping case and putting it in foam and putting the computer in the protected case. Not sure if that will be enough to protect it.

Any suggestions?

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ncase-m1-prototype-a-...

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April 14, 2013 4:24:43 PM

Detheus said:
I am looking to build a Mini Itx build here in June when the new haswell chips come out. I am going to take it with me on vacation but it will be in the car for 8 hours. If I have a H100i liquid cooling system hooked up will it be ok? Or any other components I should be careful with? What percausions do you take when taking your desktop on the move with you?

I will be buying the NCASE M1 case. I am one that will be able to get a pre-order. But I want to know how safe it is to travel with your case in your car. I was thinking of getting a shipping case and putting it in foam and putting the computer in the protected case. Not sure if that will be enough to protect it.

Any suggestions?

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ncase-m1-prototype-a-...


I don't know about the WC setup, but the rest will be just fine. All you have to do is not drop it.
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April 14, 2013 4:50:42 PM

A H100i will be fine, they are designed with ability to transport them in mind. If it were a custom loop I would advise you drain it unless it was a short trip (Its quite nerve wracking travelling with a filled loop believe me).
The machine itself, as long as it doesn't slide around or topple over it will be fine. That's more of a problem with tower cases though, I suspect your one will be fine. If you have a spare seat you could strap it in with a seatbelt if you wanted.
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April 14, 2013 4:51:05 PM

Internet dropped out and it double posted.
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April 14, 2013 7:52:44 PM

Manofchalk made a good point. The pre-built liquid coolers (ex: h100i, liquid coolers by antec, corsair, etc..) Are designed with the ability to transport in mind. If you did your own custom cooling then it would be different. You would want to drain the fluids like Manochalk mentioned.

I am going to buy a hardshelled shipping case and coat it with foam, making sure it is very tight inside the case. and then I am going to strap it down in the back seat.

Thanks for the responses.
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April 14, 2013 7:55:05 PM

Since your going to such lengths, might also be worth removing the graphics card as well. Up and down shaking cant be good for a device held to the motherboard by a PCI slot and two screws.
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