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Best way to ship a processor

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Normally, I'd just throw it in some other CPU's packaging, one of those little plastic boxes, but I don't have any lying around. It wouldn't be much of an issue with an Intel processor, but I'm shipping off my Socket 939 x2, so the pins are very fragile, and I need something to protect them.

So what are your suggestions, what have you used in the past and had work?
 

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A friend of mine shipped a Phenom all the way from Europe. What he did was wrap the processor in paper-towel and put it in a travel battery case (a small plastic case that holds 3~5 AAA cells). The case was put in a bubble-wrap envelope. It made its way safely.
 
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theres this crazy idea I have. Get a cake of very very soft soap. Press the pins into the soap so they are secured in it. Then wrap the whole thing in bubble wrap. The pins would be held very securely inside the soap. When it reaches the destination, gently pull out the proc and use some cleaning alcohol to clean it

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theres this crazy idea I have. Get a cake of very very soft soap. Press the pins into the soap so they are secured in it. Then wrap the whole thing in bubble wrap. The pins would be held very securely inside the soap. When it reaches the destination, gently pull out the proc and use some cleaning alcohol to clean it

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I'm pretty sure the guy buying it from me off ebay wouldn't be happy to have his processor arrive pressed into a bar of soap, though if I was shipping it to a friend I probably would consider that method.

Right now, I'm thinking about trying to find a dead AM2 board and just ripping the socket off and shipping the CPU in that.
 
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I sandwiched mine in between layers of foam you get, like the stuff that comes under the motherboard when you first purchase it. Then put that in the 4 pack of Ferrero Roscher (minus the chocolates) you get, then wrapped that up in bubble wrap. Then put the whole thing in a padded envelope and sent it as a small parcel so shipping was stupidly cheap. AFAIK it arrived in the states fine.
 
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Go down to your local computer repair shop and asks if they have any of those trays.
 
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First, I put the CPU in a plastic case (like this). Then I wrap the case in a couple layers of big-bubble bubble wrap. Then I put the bubble wrap in one of those USPS Priority Mail boxes and surround the bubble-wrapped-CPU with foam peanuts. This is how a CPU was shipped to me and is also how I shipped one. Everything worked out ok in both cases.
 
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I shipped a CPU to the US a while back, all I did was find a small bit of foam, stick the CPU in that. Put that in a small box and wrapped it in bubble wrap.
 
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You friendly local hardware retailer will gladly give away some of those CPU trays they get with the non-boxed chips.