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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:
    I've got a pair of these at home, on my son's gaming system, and they seem to work pretty well for the price. The pictures are a bit deceptive, though: these are actually fairly large - about 10 inches tall!

  • William George (Customer Service Lead) Says:
    Mobile graphics cards keep getting closer to the performance of their desktop cousins! While they aren't as fast as the desktop models yet, the GeForce 970M reaches about 50-70% of the performance of the desktop 970. Playing games at 1080P, the standard resolution in our Traverse Pro laptops, that level of performance should handle mid to high quality settings on current and near-future games, and max quality on older or less graphically demanding titles.

  • William George (Customer Service Lead) Says:
    Mobile graphics cards keep getting closer to the performance of their desktop cousins! While they aren't as fast as the desktop models yet, the GeForce 980M reaches about 70-80% of the performance of the desktop 980 I have in my gaming rig. Given that it is usually paired with a 1080P display, at least in our Traverse Pro laptops, that level of performance should handle max quality settings on any current and near-future games with ease.

  • William George (Customer Service Lead) Says:
    For a traditional hard drive, this is quite a speedy storage option. If you can't fit a SSD in your budget, or need more capacity than an affordable SSD could provide, it is a decent way to go (much faster than the Green and Red series drives).

  • William George (Customer Service Lead) Says:
    If you aren't planning to overclock, consider the Core i5 4690 instead (non-K model). It is the same speed, but without the ability to overclock... and as such costs less!

  • William George (Customer Service Lead) Says:
    This board has all the high-quality components that Asus uses on their "TUF" series boards, but without some of the fluff like the 'thermal armor', which we never found to be all that helpful. As such it costs a lot less, while still having a good feature set and solid reliability.

  • William George (Customer Service Lead) Says:
    This is a nicely contoured ergonomic mouse, but because of the shape it is only suitable for right-handed use. Unlike less expensive wireless peripherals it uses rechargeable batteries... but that means it won't last as long on a single charge. Still, you should easily be able to get a week or more out of it even with pretty heavy use - so just plugging it in every few days should be plenty to keep it running well.

  • William George (Customer Service Lead) Says:
    This higher-end wireless keyboard and mouse combo has a nice, ergonomic mouse - but it is styled specifically for right-hand use. Folks who are left-handed will want to go for a more universal shape mouse.

  • William George (Customer Service Lead) Says:
    This is a basic wireless keyboard and mouse - a nice choice if you aren't looking for anything fancy or specific but want the freedom of movement that wireless peripherals provide.

  • William George (Customer Service Lead) Says:
    This taller Arc series case provides enough room at the top for a larger closed-loop liquid cooler, like the Hydro H110 - making it a good choice if you want to heavily overclock a processor. It also has more than the standard number of expansion slots, which can come in handy with some configurations like quad-GPU setups.