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I want to bring my CPU which I used in Canada for over 2 years to India with me. What is the best way to do that? Should I check into baggage or carry on or ship it via courier service?

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CPUs are relatively sturdy and quite light, so any way you can carry it is fine. Push it into a sponge or styrofoam pad so that pins do not get bent. I would put it in the carry-on luggage since I would prefer keeping an eye on it, just because it's valuable and small which makes it an easy target for thieves.

[EDIT] With the CPU pins in the sponge, insert it into a anti-static. Most computer parts come in one, so you probably can find one even if you do not have the original.

Couriering it does not seem like a reasonable option because that is quite costly. Even a small package like that shipped to India with tracking or insurance probably costs a significant percentage over what a 2 year old CPU is worth.

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    Before wrapping it into a sponge or styrofoam pad, I would put it inside a small electrostatic wrapping to avoid humidity and electric charges generated especially by styrofoam. – nic Apr 13 '14 at 4:00

The best way would be to ship it via a courier company as you own the computer and it's over 2 years old desktop, I presume it to be heavy, and to carry it as baggage item you would have to pay a lot more.


The best way to transfer a bulky computer to another country for 2 years is simply not to. Sell it, and take the money with you and buy a new one when you arrive. Then when you return home, sell it again and do the same when you return home again.

  • OP isn't taking a computer, they're only taking the CPU. It'll fit in a top pocket given a bit of foam in an anti-static bag... – i-CONICA Nov 22 '18 at 15:28
  • "Desktop CPU" usually means the computer. But the answer stands either way. – Flimzy Nov 22 '18 at 15:36
  • No it doesn't. The CPU is a component inside a computer. Being vague and inaccurate doesn't work on any stack exchange sites. – i-CONICA Nov 22 '18 at 22:23
  • Yes, a CPU is a component inside a computer. But many people misuse the term, and when they say "Desktop CPU" in a context like this, they are certainly misusing the term. The OP was asked to clarify, and in nearly 5 years, still has not provided clarification. And certainly, anybody sophisticated enough to know the difference between an desktop computer, and the CPU component, would be sophisticated enough to realize that a CPU is tiny, and doesn't require special shipping arrangements. – Flimzy Nov 23 '18 at 7:35

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