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Need advice on tranporting my computer with a liquid cooling system:

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February 6, 2013 2:04:01 PM

Hello,

I will be moving to Colombia in 3 weeks and will need to transport my Cyberpower desktop. I have a CYBERPOWER 240 WATER COOLER KIT installed in the desktop.

Is it recommended to put the desktop into a suitcase and check it in as luggage with the water cooler kit as is?

Or should I empty the liquid first?

I will remove my HD's and take them as hand luggage but I am not sure what I should do with the water cooler kit?

Any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Simon
a b K Overclocking
February 6, 2013 3:14:46 PM

I would recommend draining the fluids, definitely.

Regarding checking as luggage, it would be safer to ship the item separately (via FEDEX, UPS, DHL, etc) because they will pack and handle properly. Stuffing in luggage is likely to result in a damaged system.

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February 6, 2013 3:36:40 PM

Hello,

Thanks for the information.

That is a big help.

Good day!

Simon
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a b K Overclocking
February 6, 2013 4:00:31 PM

Good luck on your move!
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a c 326 K Overclocking
February 6, 2013 5:05:01 PM

Depends if this is an XSPC kit rebrand or a closed loop cooler rebrand.

Can you link to the page where you got it? I want to make sure which one before you decide to drain it...a closed loop cooler shouldn't be drained, will void the warranty if you do, and if you don't know how to fix it, you have a broken cooler that won't work.
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February 6, 2013 5:06:01 PM

Columbia? you might want to check with the Feds there is some computer equipment you can't take out of the country I know for a long time you couldn't even take an xbox to some countries
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February 6, 2013 11:48:23 PM

rubix_1011 said:
Depends if this is an XSPC kit rebrand or a closed loop cooler rebrand.

Can you link to the page where you got it? I want to make sure which one before you decide to drain it...a closed loop cooler shouldn't be drained, will void the warranty if you do, and if you don't know how to fix it, you have a broken cooler that won't work.


Hello,

To be honest, I am not sure what type it is. I took some pictures. Can you tell from the photos?







Thanks for your time.

Simon
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February 6, 2013 11:49:02 PM

belezeebub said:
Columbia? you might want to check with the Feds there is some computer equipment you can't take out of the country I know for a long time you couldn't even take an xbox to some countries


Good point! Not sure where to check, let me see what I can find on google.

Thanks!

Simon
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a c 326 K Overclocking
February 6, 2013 11:54:48 PM

Looks like an XSPC rebrand...so not a closed loop cooler. You'd want to drain the water/coolant before shipping, but might be ok.

To be sure, contact Cyberpower to see what they recommend. I wouldn't be surprised if they aren't air shipped with water to your house when you buy, unless it was empty and you had to fill it when you opened the box. Given that you don't seem to know much about watercooling, if you drain it, you then have to refill and purge air from the loop once you want to use it again...so this is a set of steps you might wish to learn about anyway.

Alternative- buy an air cooler, pull the water loop, and install air cooler before shipment.
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February 7, 2013 12:03:12 AM

rubix_1011 said:
Looks like an XSPC rebrand...so not a closed loop cooler. You'd want to drain the water/coolant before shipping, but might be ok.

To be sure, contact Cyberpower to see what they recommend. I wouldn't be surprised if they aren't air shipped with water to your house when you buy, unless it was empty and you had to fill it when you opened the box. Given that you don't seem to know much about watercooling, if you drain it, you then have to refill and purge air from the loop once you want to use it again...so this is a set of steps you might wish to learn about anyway.

Alternative- buy an air cooler, pull the water loop, and install air cooler before shipment.


This is getting more complicated than I thought. :( 

I checked into FedEX shipping prices and it is around $1200. :( 

Maybe it is time to buy a laptop. ;) 

I appreciate the support.

Best regards,

Simon
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February 17, 2013 12:59:38 AM

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a c 190 K Overclocking
February 17, 2013 9:10:46 AM

Its an Xspc Rs240 Rasa kit, drain it and I would seriously think about flushing the loop to clean it before refilling, what is in there? tap water?
Drain the loop and take it as luggage, pack the inside of the case with your socks and shorts to pad everything and stop it from moving around
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March 3, 2013 7:48:07 PM

Hi everyone! Just wanted to say my computer made it to Colombia and I am using it now. :)  I ended up using DHL International Express. Also I had to pay some taxes for importing a computer. I recommend this site for calculating the cost:

http://www.dutycalculator.com/

Thanks for everyone's help. Have a great Sunday!

Simon
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