Building an 8th Gen Intel Core i-7 8700 Machine

I started building the rig with the motherboard and this ASUS TUF Gaming Z370-PLUS is my motherboard of choice, mainly because of the price tag. It’s the most affordable board made for the latest 8th Gen Intel Coffee Lake chip.
ASUS Z370-PLUS Motherboard

There’s a lot of TUF components on this board, and TUF happens to stand for The Ultimate Force, which I think it means ‘pretty good hardware’. At this point in my life, head shots and frame rates per seconds is not so much on my priority list.

ASUS Z370-PLUS Motherboard

And below here, we can see 6 SATA slots, which means there are plenty of rooms for additional storage devices.

ASUS Z370-PLUS Motherboard

Here the socket where you insert the CPU. See that ‘Important: Install processor FIRST then remove and KEEP the cover’. I have no idea how I missed that, maybe the word ‘REMOVE’ etched onto the cover looks more enticing. So, I took off the cover BEFORE I install the processor, which means I didn’t get to use the thermal silicone that came with the motherboard. Luckily, I have a few syringes of thermal silicone prepared for ‘important’ incidents like these. Note to self: Always RTFM!

ASUS Z370-PLUS Motherboard

Here are all the holes you can plug into for the Z370-PLUS. I am very happy with the number of USB slots, ranging from USB 2.0 to USB-C. The considerate engineers color-coded each of the USBs so you plug in the right devices to enjoy the optimum speed.

ASUS Z370-PLUS Motherboard

This big chunk of plastic shell is one those things to give the Z370-PLUS the TUF look. Designs that don’t serve any functions should be removed because clumsy people like me have the tendency to break them.
ASUS Z370-PLUS Motherboard

Here are the 4 slots for RAMs. I only got one piece of 16GB RAM, so I have room for another 48GB in the near future.
ASUS Z370-PLUS Motherboard

ASUS Z370-PLUS Motherboard

Here how the motherboard looks like from the under side. It gives you a quick view on all the standoff screw positions on the motherboard.
ASUS Z370-PLUS Motherboard

It comes with 2 slots for graphic card. All in all, this motherboard is very expandable.
ASUS Z370-PLUS Motherboard

The next piece of hardware is something very new to me- an SSD storage device. I have heard about their legendary read-write speed.
Western Digital WD Blue SATA SSD 250GB

Western Digital WD Blue SATA SSD 250GB

Next, we have the ATX casing which will house all my investment. For this purpose, I’ve got the Corsair Carbide 400C. I did not read the specs for this casing. I got it because it’s white in color.

Corsair Carbide 400C

Corsair Carbide 400C

Yes… more USB slots! Apparently there’s a karaoke mode too (next to the headphone jack). These buttons and holes are well-positioned because unlike most casings, you have to harass the casing from top to bottom trying to locate the fucking power button.

Corsair Carbide 400C

Here’s the rear view of the Carbide 400C. It’s made for lots of air-flow.

Corsair Carbide 400C

Here’s where the power supply will slot in. Everything looks very robust, and white.

Corsair Carbide 400C

The top of the casing has a layer of filter to increase even more air-flow. I haven’t RTFM the Carbide 400C in detail yet, but I expect these filters to be washable. Otherwise, I cannot imagine the amount of dust trapped in these vents over time.

Corsair Carbide 400C

The Carbide 400C also double as a wine chiller.
Corsair Carbide 400C

It comes with an 8-inch fan blowing air from the front vent, and a 5-inch exhaust fan on the rear, sucking the heat out of the casing.

Corsair Carbide 400C

On the other side of the casing, we are allocated 3 slots of SSD cards. Very thoughtful.

Corsair Carbide 400CCorsair Carbide 400C

Here’s the most expensive ingredient in this whole build – the Intel Core-i7 8th Gen 3.2GHz CPU.

Intel Core i7 8700 3.2GHz, 12MB Cache LGA1151
For power supply, I opted for the Corsair TX850M, which can output up to 850W of raw power.

Corsair TXM850M Modular ATX Power Supply

The TX850M also comes with a myriad of cables.

Corsair TXM850M Modular ATX Power Supply

And it fits snugly into the Carbide 400C. Notice that the PSU is located at the bottom of the casing, which is ideal because it makes the casing low-heavy, hence more stable.

Corsair TXM850M Modular ATX Power Supply
Corsair TXM850M Modular ATX Power Supply

The power supply is then covered with a 2-piece removable covers, mainly for aesthetics purpose.

Corsair TXM850M Modular ATX Power Supply

Next, we will fix the CPU onto the motherboard. This is the step we want to be most careful because the CPU is very expensive.

Intel Core i7 8700 3.2GHz, 12MB Cache LGA1151

This is literally the core of it all. Note to self: Don’t fuck this up!

Intel Core i7 8700 3.2GHz, 12MB Cache LGA1151

This oil-rig-looking apparatus is the fan made solely to cool off the CPU.

Intel Core i7 8700 3.2GHz, 12MB Cache LGA1151

There’s only one correct way to insert the CPU into the slot on the motherboard, so it’s hard to get this step wrong.

Intel Core i7 8700 3.2GHz, 12MB Cache LGA1151

Once it sits correctly on the motherboard’s socket, we just need to clamp it securely.

Intel Core i7 8700 3.2GHz, 12MB Cache LGA1151

Before attaching the oil-rig, I applied some ‘caramel’ onto the surface of the CPU for better thermal conductivity.

Intel Core i7 8700 3.2GHz, 12MB Cache LGA1151

Snapping the oil-rig onto the board should not require too much force. If you hear a loud crack, repeat Step 1.

Intel Core i7 8700 3.2GHz, 12MB Cache LGA1151

Next, we slot in the Kingston 16GB RAM. Compared to the CPU installation, this is really simple.

Kingston 16GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM

Next, we unbox the graphic card. I’ve only got a 2GB card, since I am really not into gaming, and those bitcoin miners are causing unjustified hikes on graphic cards pricing.

Asus PH-GTX1050-2G
Asus PH-GTX1050-2G

I slotted it to the motherboard just for photography purpose. It’s better to attach the motherboard onto the casing first and then install the graphic card.

Asus PH-GTX1050-2G

Everything is right where it should be now. I admit the wiring looks messy but a few cable ties should do the job. Besides, the utmost priority is having a system that works when the power button is switched on.

Inserting the Motherboard into the ATX Casing

Oops.. almost forgot the SSD drive.

Slots for SSD

Here’s the Compact Touch 850T UPS from NeuroPower. It’s like an insurance policy against power surges from Tenaga Nasional Berhad.
NeuroPower UPS - Compact Touch 850T
NeuroPower UPS - Compact Touch 850T
NeuroPower UPS - Compact Touch 850T

And voila! On the first boot up, the system runs perfectly. Booting up Windows 10 took less than 10 seconds.

Project Tuff - Building a PC Rig

2018-02-05T16:26:03+00:00 February 4th, 2018|Daily Observations|0 Comments

On Diversification

The whole point of diversification is to reduce risk, because if we are 100% sure of the gain in our choice, we wouldn’t need to insure ourselves against the possibility of loss. Alas, there’s not many events in our lives which we can be 100% sure we will come out positive and thus we employ various tactics to ensure that we do not lose everything that we have or to a certain extent, to at least protect what we’ve already gained.

However, diversification on its own is not sufficient. For instance, you set out with RM1 million to invest in start-ups which have no track records. The closest thing you can rely on is the personalities of their founders. You are given the option to invest a minimum of RM100,000 in any of the startups, or you can choose to invest the entire RM1 million in a single start-up.

In order to reduce your risk to the minimum, the ideal strategy is to spread out the RM1 million into 10 lots and invest them in 10 different start-ups and to ensure that all 10 start-ups belongs to very different industries. We also assume that the RM100,000 will give all 10 start-ups enough runway to last for the next 12 months, which should be enough time to proof the demand of their ideas with real paying customers.

If you think after signing the cheques to each of your investees is the end of the story, then you’ve missed the whole point of diversification. Spreading out your risk is only the first step, but by having stakes in 10 different companies, you also have an added advantage- the opportunity to learn from 10 different companies simultaneously. This does not mean you have to get your hands dirty and meddle with each of the start-ups. Instead, you now have a chance to get up close and personal with the development of the start-ups, observe the decisions that the founders make in the critical phase of their start-up, and most important of all- the mistakes that they committed during this period.

Only by actively monitoring and studying your diversified interest like a lab experiment would you be able to make the best out of your RM1 million investment, and having 10 companies to learn from is definitely better than just one.

Yet, there’s also the chance where all 10 companies is going to fail but if you have been taking notes during the entire process, you should have acquired enough experience to help you make better decisions in your next investment.

In short, while you diversify, you must also leverage on the opportunities to learn critical lessons from each diversification which you can apply on your future investment. Don’t just diversify for the sake of diversifying because if you do that, it’s no different from playing a game of roulette in the casino where you are just betting on sheer randomness.

2018-01-24T00:08:39+00:00 January 24th, 2018|Entrepreneurship|0 Comments

New Rig Build List

Finally got some time to shop for my PC rig. Here’s the list of the core components:


  • CPU
    Core i7 – 8700 Box – 3.2Ghz / 12MB Cache / LGA1151 *Coffee Lake

    Asus TUF Z370 Plus Gaming

    Kingston DDR4-2400 16GB

    WD Blue 250GB 3D NAND (Max Read Up To 545MB/s & Write 525MB/s)

    Corsair TXM Series TX750M 750W PSU – Semi Moduler, 80Plus Gold (7Yrs Warranty)

    Corsair Carbide 400C White

    GFX Card
    Asus nVidia PH-GTX1050-2GD5

    NeuroPower Compact Touch 850va UPS


My rig would have been cheaper by at least 15% had it not been for the recent craze on crypto-currency speculations. Anyhow, this setup is going to set me back by about RM6,000.

OK, time to place the order for my wish list.

2018-01-20T01:32:16+00:00 January 20th, 2018|Hobby & Leisures, Technology|0 Comments

Signing Off for 2017

Haven’t wrote anything longer than a paragraph lately. No, I haven’t been building furniture. I was busy closing this year’s revenue with a bang. We attempted to double our revenue this year from 2016 and we are very close. There’s still 5 days to go before 2017 runs out, anything can still happen.

Also, I’ve been catching up on my readings. The best I could do was to tweet sporadically when some interesting thoughts cross my synapses. And when you are reading a few books at the same time, your thoughts can get very interesting indeed.

Don’t worry, you won’t be reading any ‘My Resolutions for This Year…’ in this space. Resolutions are for losers. It’s just an excuse to announce to the world you are not going to achieve those goals. You don’t need resolutions, you just need actions. And if those ‘resolutions’ are important enough, you should already be working on it.

Today, I would just like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on making it to 2018.

Happy holidays and keep hustling!



2017-12-25T17:57:41+00:00 December 25th, 2017|Daily Observations|0 Comments

Pushing Your Luck

“Some people became too carried away by the air of excitement at the apparently unstoppable advance. An American war correspondent, determined to beat his rivals, turned up in Chartres so as to witness the capture of the city. Unfortunately, he was two days early. The German 6th Security Regiment promptly took him prisoner.”

Antony Beevor, D-Day

That’s literally ‘jumping the gun’. It’s dangerous to be caught up in euphoria. When emotions run high, we are very likely to make decisions we will regret later on. We are only as rational as the amount of logical thinking we can muster during time of crisis.

Do not be enthralled by the senses.

2017-11-21T01:50:32+00:00 November 21st, 2017|Daily Observations|0 Comments

Be Careful with Your Ideas

Party of Light Bulbs

So, you’ve just had a great idea that flashed through your head while shaving this morning.

Be careful with that because 15,391,482 individuals on this planet probably had that same epiphany.

It likely didn’t become a reality because a myriad of reasons- inactivity, distractions and it’s probably not such a great idea after all (discouragements after discussing it with your friends).

Keep shaving.

2017-09-30T00:37:20+00:00 September 30th, 2017|Daily Observations|0 Comments