I’m a startup founder and my industry is infamous for overtime work and high financial risks. So, whenever I have free time I chill in my home office building a briefcase pc and/or blogging about tech.
Many years ago I played video games live on stream as I wanted to be a professional gamer and make money out of it (Youtube and Twitch). However, it didn’t work out because I was living in Boston and struggling in my studies. I couldn’t find time to build my gaming room and chill. Hence, I didn’t pursue the idea of being a pro gamer but deep in my heart, I am still a techy chic.
Fast forward: I finished my studies and have completed an executive master’s degree in business. It was about time to chase my dreams and feed my hobby – build a fintech company and build a briefcase pc. The project began in 2019 when I built the first version but I wanted to improve the specs and layout so I work on it during the lockdown in Singapore.
Materials to use to build a briefcase pc:
- Balsa wood
- 3” screen monitor
- AMD RYZEN 5 3500X 3.6GHZ
- 35MB AMD CPU (6C/6T)
- GIGABYTE B550 AORUS PRO A
- WIFI AM4 ATX DDR4
- CORSAIR VENGEANCE LPX3600416GB (2X8GB) KIT CL18 DDR4 (RYZEN)
- ADATA XPG SX8200 2TB PRO
- 2 PCIE NVME SSD
- THERMAL TAKE TOUGHPOWER
- GRAND RGB 650W 80+ GOLD FM (10 YEARS)
- MICROSOFT WINDOWS 10 PRO
- OEM 65BIT
- MSI RADEON RX 5600XT MECH
- 0C 6GB GDD56 PCI-E (4.0)
GIRLY GIRL AND TECHY HACKERISH.
Okay, here’s me just got home from my trip to Funan (an I.T. mall in Singapore) I was just chillin’ in my dining area and clueless how I should begin my work. 😅
Naturally, I’m very feminine and lay back as I grew up with sisters and my mum was such a feminine proper and a social butterfly. She was super chill and all of my friends love her. I got the aura and charisma from the ladies at home. I was taught not to behave nasty to act tough on the outside. I believe that being a tough person is all about strong mentality and emotionally. In my case, I look soft on the outside but I make tough decisions in life, and I have skills to hack.
FYI, Hacking is not a bad thing that others understand about it. It means a highly creative activity that can be used technically. It also means that one has the skills to build instead to buy it. Repairing old stuff rather than trashing it. In this definition, I would say I’m a hacker.
I bought an empty briefcase on Aliexpress and I removed the internal stuff so I can dig holes and put the motherboard, processor, heat fans, power supply and graphics card.
My favourite time was unboxing each stuff just like receiving birthday presence. Haha!
I dig holes so I can place the motherboard and power supply. Luckily I have all the tools I needed at home. I bought it in Ikea since I love fixing stuff at home rather than buying.
Break time: Chill At Home & Bonding With Bestie.
As a self-employed, I work day and night time because I need to hustle to pay the bills in Singapore. My industry is infamous for overtime work, and high financial risks. Hence, whenever I have free time I take a break and I meet friends. If I am not in a mood to go out, I just call my boo and ask him what’s up. Then I watch movies in my room, I tweet about tech articles I read in a forum, and I indulge in food.
Recently, I made a trip to town to have a hair treatment at Yoon salon and I had a nice lunch at Sommerset. I wear a summer dress and it has just the right amount of stretch and fit true to size in my body.
A few days later, I visited my bestie again in the CBD to have dinner with me. We are both going through major transitions and life changes right now. Like me, she is also a trader, hustler and she is one of my favourite muses. I like that she is not a hater type of chic who talks nasty about others to make a point. Lol She’s simply a beautiful person inside and out. We talked about our hustles, common friends, and plans in the future.
I’m always relaxed whenever we meet so I plan to do it on a regular basis. 😍
Time To Work! 2nd Weekend Of Workshop.
After I installed the motherboard, graphics card, processor, and heat fans I measured the plywood to cover it. I like it a lot!
After I installed the phase 3 work in briefcase pc, I chill a bit and I talked to boo earlier today. I know he is reading my blog and I hope he knows that I love him so much. Everything I do at work is for us and our future. Haha! Sweeeettttt
23rd of August 2020: I spend my Sunday working on the briefcase pc and this time I applied a pink vinyl cover in the plywood after I built the internal speakers and installed the fans. Followed by installing the monitor and I tested Windows 10. Supposedly, I will use Linux but I want to try windows this time for a change.
My hobby in tech started when I was in high school I like physics subject and I was into electronics, building robots, and quickly I got interested in embedded systems. I didn’t pursue engineering in college because I studied my preparatory for medicine at 16 hence, my interests and real passion have diverted to what my mother desired me to be. However, it doesn’t stop me from pursuing my passion in tech so after university, I spend hours learning everything in tech whether it is about coding, a new application of existing hardware, and programming.
If you think that I make things easily well the truth is it took a lot longer than you’d think. I have to test every tool and coded it the right way so the processor will work with the monitor.
The unfinished design:
I placed the monitor on the left so I will have space on the right to put the photos of my favourite people. I will also install foam and will apply pink vinyl cover on the speakers. My briefcase pc will probably be done next weekend as I have work to do on weekdays.
Q: How much it cost to build it?
A: Depends on the specs you want. A briefcase cost USD 300-400 depending on the materials, processor around USD 300-400, Microsoft Windows 10 Pro at USD 180, and power supply at USD 120. The total specs may cost at around USD 2,000.
Q: How much time to build it?
A: Depends on your knowledge and experience in tech. The challenging part is not the installation of the motherboard and power supply in the briefcase but coding the system on how it should work like a CPU.
Q: Do you have any tips for preparation?
A: Always make a meal prep because you won’t have the time or desire to cook. Once you start building a briefcase pc, you will be hooked. Haha!
Q: Who inspired you to build it?
A: I’ve always wanted to build it but I didn’t have time before. During lockdown and whilst being away from my love, instead to be emo at things I have no control about I diverted my attention to building our startup and feeding my hobbies in tech. In my opinion, when you’re in an LDR and lonely, you shouldn’t look for someone to feel loved just because you are bored or you feel stuck. Find a hobby you can spend time with and be creative. You will do amazing!
Thank you for reading!