I'm (probably) going to go on a 6 month internship in Hong Kong next year. Problem is, my Laptop is usable in name only and I obviously can't just take my tower on the plane. How do I get my computer to Hong Kong (without paying a price that would make buying ANOTHER computer over there a reasonable alternative)?
I'd prefer a company that doesn't throw monitors over fences.
The cost of transporting it will compare badly with just buying a second-hand machine in HK. I took a tower to Qatar on a BA flight once. It was handled fine, but it was certainly expensive. The cheapest would be untrackable surface-mail, which would probably take weeks. I think your best option is to just take your data and buy a second-hand machine once you get there. It's HK; the local small ads will certainly provide what you need.
It's pretty small actually, but I'm afraid no amount of padding is going to protect it from the damage from being thrown around. I'd have to dis/reassemble it, but I'm no good with computers (or anything else that has screws and nasty things like that) so that's not much of an option.