Windows 10 Sales

Posted in Blog on 08/28/2015 by Brett Nordquist

Nearly every day a customer asks me how Windows 10 is doing in terms of sales. It's usually wise to wait a few months to gauge how a new operating system is performing. As much as Microsoft wants everyone to move to Windows 10, it can take time for the hardware makers to test their products and release updated drivers for a new operating system. Microsoft released Windows 8 to the public just under three years ago. It shouldn't come as a surprise that we didn't see a lot of pent up demand from our customers. We had a few customers who were curious and decided to make the jump, but the vast majority of our customer hit the snooze button on 8 and stuck with 7.

Choosing the right CPU for Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Posted in Articles on 08/27/2015 by Matt Bach

Premiere Pro is often touted as greatly benefiting from high core count CPUs. In this article we will be benchmarking the multi-threading capabilities of Premiere Pro CC to determine it actually is at using high core count CPUs.

Intel Software Bundle

Posted in Landing Pages on 08/23/2015 by Jon Bach

Buy a PC from Puget Systems with Intel Core i7 CPU and get a free software bundle!

AMD Star Citizen Bundle

Posted in Landing Pages on 08/23/2015 by Jon Bach

Stock your Star Citizen arsenal now! Purchase an eligible system powered by AMD Radeon R9 300 Series graphics and get a code for an exclusive Mustang Omega AMD Edition racer – valued at $60 – free!

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950

Posted in Landing Pages on 08/20/2015 by Jon Bach

Gaming begins with the GeForce GTX 950. This is a true gaming GPU designed for every PC gamer. It’s built to the exacting specifications of the GeForce GTX family and powered by NVIDIA Maxwell™—the most advanced GPU architecture ever created—to deliver up to 3x the performance of previous-generation cards.

 (account manager)

Introduction to Account Management

Posted in Blog on 08/13/2015 by Eric Brown

In the past year, we have been slowly expanding upon the service we provide here at Puget Systems for our rapidly growing business and government customers. Introducing: Account Management. This new service is designed to give your company an inside man here at Puget Systems and a single point of contact for any need your company might have when working with us.

Product Review: Samsung SM951 M.2 Drive

Posted in Articles on 08/10/2015 by Matt Bach

The Samsung SM951 is the successor to what was at one time the fastest consumer M.2 drive - the Samsung XP941. This drive has incredible sequential read and write performance, but suffers from extremely high temperatures under load.

 (Customer Happiness Engineer)

In Search of the Best Browser

Posted in Blog on 08/10/2015 by Brett Nordquist

I have a love/hate relationship with browsers. And by browser I mean Google Chrome. There's not another program on my computer I use more than Chrome. I live in Chrome. But it also frustrates me more than any other program. A few years ago I would have launched a dozen separate programs in order to do my work. Today, every tool I need to do my job for Puget Systems, with the exception of a VOIP program, is rendered through Chrome. So when Chrome gives me problems it affects a lot more than just browsing Facebook or Reddit.

If Processors Were Cars

Posted in Blog on 08/08/2015 by Jon Bach

Around Puget Systems, I think it is pretty common knowledge that I can't turn down a good comparison between PCs and automobiles. I talk about car branding, car service, car problems...I make a lot of analogies. I think it is because I appreciate cars, but I am definitely not an expert in that field. Making car analogies helps me see the PC industry from the outside...from the customer perspective.

Problems Opening Programs in Windows 10

Posted in Support Software Guides on 08/07/2015 by Christopher L. Crader

This article describes how to fix an issue with programs starting minimized in a newly upgraded copy of Windows 10.

Data Migration with Samsung SSDs

Posted in Support Software Guides on 08/07/2015 by William George

A short support guide on how to clone your drive to a new Samsung SSD using the free Samsung Data Migration Software. Useful for folks wanting to upgrade from a hard drive to a SSD, or for those with a small SSD who want to move to a larger one.

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Skylake-S i7 6700K and i5 6600K for compute? maybe?

Posted in HPC Blog on 08/05/2015 by Dr. Donald Kinghorn

I have done a little informal testing with the new i7 and i5 processor running the Linpack benchmark and a NAMD MD simulation. Mixed results!

Questions from Customers: Windows 10

Posted in Support Software Guides on 08/05/2015 by Richard A. Millard

Our customers have had some questions about the recent launch of Windows 10. Here's a few of the more common questions, and our answers.

 (Manager, Sales & Marketing)

The HPC Podcast #11 -- Skylake Launches

Posted in HPC Blog on 08/05/2015 by Chris Stephens

In this episode of the HPC Podcast, Chris and Don discuss today's launch of the first Skylake chips from Intel.

Haswell vs. Skylake-S: i7 4790K vs i7 6700K

Posted in Articles on 08/05/2015 by Matt Bach

Skylake-S introduces a number of changes compared to Haswell that makes it fairly attractive as a platform including the move to DDR4 RAM. It also uses less power, runs cooler, and has some very significant performance improvements in some applications.

Z170 vs Z97: What is the Difference?

Posted in Articles on 08/05/2015 by Matt Bach

With the release of the first Skylake-S CPUs, Intel has also launched the new Z170 chipset. Unlike previous launches where Intel releases all the new chipsets and CPUs at the same time, this time only the top chipset and unlocked (K-series) CPUs will be available at launch.

Intel 6th Gen Core Processors

Posted in Landing Pages on 08/05/2015 by Jon Bach

The unlocked Intel Core i5-6600k and i7-6700k processors features Intel Turbo Boost Technology which gives you an automatic burst of speed whenever you need it. With overclocking enabled, it allows flexibility to set your system specs the way you like. Take control with our 6th gen Intel Core unlocked i5 and i7 processors.

Featured: Recommended Systems for Adobe Lightroom

Posted in Featured Systems on 08/05/2015

Puget Systems has performed extensive analysis of Adobe Lightroom to configure a trio of systems that are designed specifically for the needs of Lightroom users.

What size are your computers?

Posted in Blog on 07/30/2015 by Jeff Q. Stubbers

We thought it may be helpful to see some images of some of our most popular available cases all in one location, next to common items to provide a better sense of scale. I hope this helps give you a better idea of scale for these different systems and their cases.

 (HPC and Scientific Computing)

CentOS 7 kernel boot order bug

Posted in HPC Blog on 07/30/2015 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

I have been butting heads with a particularly annoying bug that I hit frequently on installs since I work with systems that need to have kernel modules recompiled for CUDA and the Xeon Phi. I have it mostly figured out and have a fix in this post.

Computers with Windows 10

Posted in Landing Pages on 07/29/2015 by Jon Bach

Puget Systems is pleased to announce that our line of hand-built, custom PCs are ready for Windows 10. New Windows 10 Pre-Sales will start the week of July 29. This is by far the easiest way to get Windows 10 if you’re ready to purchase a new PC. Configure a Puget Systems PC with Windows 10 now!

 (Customer Happiness Engineer)

My 4-Month Test Drive of Windows 10

Posted in Blog on 07/23/2015 by Brett Nordquist

We are now less than a week away from official arrival of Windows 10: the operating system that's so extraordinary, Microsoft to give it a higher number. I've been the unofficial guinea pig at Puget Systems running Windows 10 Insider Preview builds for over four months now. In the past, I've installed beta builds of Windows in a VM or setup a dual boot system giving me an eject button in case of disaster. But that's not what I did with Windows 10. Instead, I went five blades. No VM, no dual-boot, no parachute.

NVIDIA Metal Gear Solid V Bundle

Posted in Landing Pages on 07/23/2015 by Jon Bach

For a limited time, get the latest mega hit from Kojima Productions, METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN, with the qualifying purchase of a GeForce® GTX™ 980 Ti, 980, 970, or 960 GPU or 980/970M notebook.

 (Customer Service Lead)

Windows 10 - What to Consider Before Upgrading

Posted in Blog on 07/21/2015 by William George

Windows 10 is available as a free upgrade for computers running Windows 7 and 8.1 through July of 2016. Many people are going to want to upgrade as soon as possible, but there may be some reasons to hold off from jumping on the bandwagon right away... or at least worth considering before you take the plunge.

 (Manager, Sales & Marketing)

We appreciate your feedback.

Posted in Blog on 07/17/2015 by Chris Stephens

We focus on feedback because we are in a relationship with every single on of our customers. Like any good relationship, it requires both talking and listening. Can you think of a healthy relationship where one person does all the talking? Too many times companies invest huge amounts of resources on messaging -- manipulating, adding nuance or changes -- when it could come more naturally when you introduce listening into the organization.