I have been living in Sweden for the past few years and will be moving back home to the US soon. I have a PC that I built about a year ago, and I'm trying to get it from here to there as cheaply and safely as possible. I'm looking for any help I can get in terms of tips and ideas on how to do this.
Without going into the specifics of the build, the components I have are: Case, power supply, motherboard, graphics card, four sticks of RAM, two HDDs, DVD-RW drive, monitor, keyboard & mouse.
I'm thinking I'll disassemble the computer and move everything by a combination of shipping and packing things for the flight. Seeing as the case is quite large, I will probably buy a new one back home.
Some immediate questions I have are:
- Given the voltage difference between the two countries, will I have to replace the power supply and/or monitor? (I can dig up the model if needed)
- Am I just asking for trouble if I opt to ship via the local postal service over UPS or FedEx? Shipping via UPS would be far more expensive. If I put all the components in anti-static bags, wrap them in bubble wrap, and do my best to package everything carefully, could this theoretically work?
- If I can bring the power supply, is it safe to pack in a checked suitcase? What should I avoid bringing in a carry-on bag? (I'm guessing computer parts will raise eyebrows at security).
Thanks in advance for any help on this!