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william.george
customer service lead


  

THEN: - before Puget -
In my earlier career, I held a variety of positions - from copy shop assistant to cast member at Walt Disney World. I worked with computers in one capacity or another for over 17 years prior to joining the company.

NOW: - here at Puget -
I signed on at Puget Systems in October of 2005, as the company needed someone dedicated to overseeing inventory and computer assembly. I soon found my niche here in sales and customer service, where I have been helping folks configure and purchase systems since late 2006, while also writing various technical articles for the company.

MY FIRST COMPUTER:
The first system I used was an IBM Personal Computer, running the 8086 processor. It had a pair of 5.25" floppy drives, one of which my dad replaced with a 30MB hard drive. We ran DOS on it, of course - though I can't remember now which exact version of MS-DOS it was (I think it was upgraded at least once). The thing still runs, actually, though it is rarely used now. The first computer I actually owned was a similar setup I was given as a child, but using the 8088 processor with turbo mode.

MY DREAM COMPUTER:
Hmm, I guess this will constantly change - but right now it would be an Intel Core i5, lots of RAM, and a fast but quiet video card (like the Asus DirectCU series) running in a quiet case (like the Antec P183). I love quiet computers, and I'm not far off that with my current system - so maybe I'm already 'living the dream?' :)

RECOMMENDED SOFTWARE/GAME(S):
Windows 7 & 8.1, the Total War series of games for folks who like strategy, Portal for those who like puzzles, MechWarrior Online for those who like big robots, Lord of the Rings Online for those who like the books, Skyrim for those who like RPGs, Path of Exile for those who like the Diablo series, and Star Citizen for those who like space sims.

LIFE: - outside Puget's walls -
I reside with my lovely wife Rose, our children Gus, Ruby and Milo, and our rather spoiled dog Ringo. I enjoy movies, games, and reading, along with working on computers (even in my time off!). In recent years I have also become an avid blogger - writing on a variety of topics via my Blogger account. My family and I are part of Grace Church, and would love to invite anyone to come join us as we worship Jesus and learn to live in community with Him and each other!

HOMETOWN:
Seattle, WA


William George's Recent Comments:
  • William George (Customer Service Lead) Says:
    This is a great option for folks who want to have several peripherals with their laptop, but don't want to have to plug / unplug them all each time they sit down. This can take care of your internet connection, a couple monitors, basic speakers, and a couple of USB based devices - and it all plugs into the laptop with a single USB 3.0 connection. Please note that this does *not* power the laptop, though. Because it is a universal dock it works with any laptop that has USB 3.0 and runs Windows 7 or 8 - but that also means it lacks the power / charging capabilities of a more specialized docking station. Still, having just two plugs (USB for this and a power connection for charging) is a lot better than 6 or more connections you could have without it :)

  • William George (Customer Service Lead) Says:
    I admit the colors can be a bit off-putting, but aside from that Noctua fans are the best I have ever seen or heard. This 120mm size is excellent for upgrading the case fans on smaller chassis.

  • William George (Customer Service Lead) Says:
    I admit the colors can be a bit off-putting, but aside from that Noctua fans are the best I have ever seen or heard. This 120mm size is excellent for upgrading the fan on CPU coolers like Gelid Tranquillo, or for smaller tower chassis.

  • William George (Customer Service Lead) Says:
    I admit the colors can be a bit off-putting, but aside from that Noctua fans are the best I have ever seen or heard. These 140mm models are great for using in most Fractal Design cases, which commonly use fans of that size.

  • William George (Customer Service Lead) Says:
    Please note that full 4K @ 60Hz operation on this monitor is best done with a DisplayPort connection. If you are going to use a monitor like this, select a video card or motherboard that has native DisplayPort output. There is an option for dual HDMI connections too, but that is a lot messier to set up in my opinion. Additionally, if you are a gamer, please note that playing at 4K puts tremendous demands on the video card. A high-end single card is required at a minimum, and if you want to play games at higher quality settings then dual GPUs is probably the best way to go.

  • William George (Customer Service Lead) Says:
    Please note that full 4K @ 60Hz operation on this monitor is best done with a DisplayPort connection. If you are going to use a monitor like this, select a video card or motherboard that has native DisplayPort output. Additionally, if you are a gamer, please note that playing at 4K puts tremendous demands on the video card. A high-end single card is required at a minimum, and if you want to play games at higher quality settings then dual GPUs is probably the best way to go.

  • William George (Customer Service Lead) Says:
    I've really come to appreciate fully modular power supplies in the last couple of years, and am pleased that even affordable models in our line like this now have that feature. This PSU is also fairly quiet and offers enough wattage for most single-GPU systems.

  • William George (Customer Service Lead) Says:
    This is a solid gaming card for 1920x1080 up through 2560x1440. It can manage some games in 4K resolution at lower quality settings, but for that you would be better off with a GTX 980 - or ideally two 970s, 980s, or Titans in SLI.

  • William George (Customer Service Lead) Says:
    This is a solid gaming card for 1920x1080 up through 2560x1440. It can manage some games in 4K resolution at lower quality settings, but for that you would be better off with a GTX 980 - or ideally two 970s, 980s, or Titans in SLI.

  • William George (Customer Service Lead) Says:
    This card is a good choice for gaming at mid-level resolutions (around 1920x1080) or for home theater computers at both 1080P and 4K resolution. It is NVIDIA's first card to support both decoding and encoding in the new H.265 format (which offers more compression than H.264 while retaining good quality). Until lower-end models in the GeForce 900-series come out it is also the most affordable card from NVIDIA that provides HDMI 2.0 for 4K @ 60Hz support on the latest ultra-high-definition TVs.