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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 card has a ton of graphics processing power, but the limiting factor is the 4GB of memory per GPU. At high resolutions and quality settings - 4K with high-end anti aliasing in particular - that will prevent the R9 295X2 from really reaching its full potential. This becomes most obvious if trying to run two of these cards together in Quad Crossfire. If you are running that sort of screen setup and want the best performance, consider two or three GeForce GTX Titan Black cards instead (as they have 6GB of memory per GPU).

  • William George (Customer Service Lead) Says:
    ASRock is a less known brand, and fairly new to us here at Puget Systems, but so far the motherboards we've used from them have been quite good! This little fella is a nice one, in that it provides a lot of desktop / workstation oriented features with a Xeon processor platform for things like ECC memory support. We've seen similar boards from other brands before, but not usually in a small micro ATX form factor like this.

  • William George (Customer Service Lead) Says:
    If you want a ton of processing power in a small package, this micro ATX motherboard allows use of both Core i7 and Xeon E5 processors - and with DDR4 ECC registered memory, up to 64GB of RAM! All of this, with some limits on CPU wattage, can fit in systems as small as our Peak Mini.

  • William George (Customer Service Lead) Says:
    This board is excellent for dual Xeon based servers, but can also make sense if you need a workstation with more memory capacity than the Z10PE-D8 WS. Please note, though, that it is lacking in the number of USB connections and has no built-in audio - so you may want to add those features via expansion cards if this will be used in a direct-access role.

  • William George (Customer Service Lead) Says:
    If you want a powerful, dual CPU system for roles outside of the server room, I highly recommend this board! It has all the standard connectivity you'd expect on a desktop or workstation, like USB 3.0 and audio, which are so often missing from server-class hardware. It also has a ton of PCI-Express slots, allowing a wide range of add-on card configurations.

  • William George (Customer Service Lead) Says:
    This board sports a new white-on-black color scheme from Asus - so it looks great in systems with a side window! It is also loaded with all the latest technology, so if you are looking for something that is future-proof this is a great choice.

  • William George (Customer Service Lead) Says:
    If you want the fastest drive speeds currently available, as of Summer 2014, this Samsung drive is it! Just make sure you have the right size / speed of slot available on your motherboard - if you aren't sure, talk with our sales consultants and we'll ensure you get just what you need :)

  • William George (Customer Service Lead) Says:
    This is a great, affordable motherboard for the Z97 platform - with all four video output standards. Since you can use up to three of those outputs at a time, this is also a great platform for running two or three monitors without needing a dedicated video card!

  • William George (Customer Service Lead) Says:
    I don't use this personally, but my father has been using it on his computers for years and really likes it. Yay for second hand advice :)

  • William George (Customer Service Lead) Says:
    I have used this in conjunction with Windows 7 Media Center, and it worked well. It takes a few seconds to transition into from the main Media Center interface, but it is done in a similar style and the remote control functions I am used to all seem to work there as well.