(Customer Service Lead)

Windows Backup Options

Posted in Blog on 11/23/2015 by William George

Backing up your computer is very important. This post covers the various types of backups you can do on a Windows-based PC, with a few specific examples of related software and services.

 (HPC and Scientific Computing)

Windows 10 with Xeon Phi

Posted in HPC Blog on 11/13/2015 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

Can you use an Intel Xeon Phi with Windows 10? Yes, you can. However, just because you can do something, doesn�t mean that you should do it! I did a set up and a little testing mainly just to see if it would work -- it does!

 (Customer Service Lead)

Please, please, please - backup your data!

Posted in Blog on 11/13/2015 by William George

One of the most painful things to hear about from a customer is lost data. Whether it is hours or days of lost work for a business, irreplaceable family photos, or important financial records - data loss hurts. And it can be caused by many things: viruses / malware, file system corruption, physical drive failure, theft, fire, flood… the list goes on. Unfortunately some people don’t think about this till it is too late, so I am here with a public safety announcement: Please, please, please - backup your data!

Can you see the difference with a 4K monitor?

Posted in Articles on 11/12/2015 by Matt Bach

With 4K monitors becoming more and more affordable, it appears the the long-standing reign of 1080p may finally be coming to a close. The question is: can the human eye actually see the difference with a 4K monitor or are manufacturers just using the hype to sell you a more expensive product?

How to Use Restore from the USB Tools & Recovery Drive

Posted in Support Software Guides on 11/11/2015 by Christopher L. Crader

Your Windows 8 or 10 system came with a restore utility built into the Tools thumb drive. It's a great utility, but not entirely straightforward to use. This guide walks you through how to use it.

Intel Game Bundle

Posted in Landing Pages on 11/10/2015 by Jon Bach

Buy a PC from Puget Systems with Intel Core i7 CPU and get 3 free games!

NVIDIA Fallout 4

Posted in Landing Pages on 11/10/2015 by Jon Bach

PLEASE STAND BY. Arm yourself for the new world of Fallout® 4 with GeForce® GTX

SuperComputing 2015

Posted in Landing Pages on 11/10/2015 by Eric Brown

This year at SC15, Puget Systems will be partnering with Intel (booth #1333) to showcase our new Peak Quad Xeon Tower. Come talk to us about your HPC and Scientific Computing needs!

 (Customer Happiness Engineer)

The Paradox of Choice

Posted in Blog on 11/04/2015 by Brett Nordquist

A couple of recent purchases got me thinking about how choice factors into where and how I spend my money. As my Honda Odyssey neared 200,000 miles, I began researching potential replacements. Unlike sedans and trucks, there are only a handful of minivans sold in the US. In fact, there's maybe five that qualify as traditional minivans and they include the Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna, Dodge Caravan/Chrysler Town and Country, Kia Sedona, and Nissan Quest.

How to Switch to Internet Explorer from Microsoft Edge

Posted in Support Software Guides on 11/04/2015 by Christopher Crader

This article explains what Microsoft Edge is and shows how to switch to Internet Explorer if you prefer it.

Z170, H170, H110, B170, Q150, Q170 - What is the Difference?

Posted in Articles on 11/04/2015 by Matt Bach

With the rolling launch of Intel's new consumer Skylake-S CPUs complete, there is also a whole new line of motherboard chipsets available. These six chipsets are divided into two separate categories: consumer and business. In this article, we will examine the features of each of the new chipsets to help you determine which is right for you.

 (Customer Service Lead)

Product Announcement - New Traverse Mobile Workstation

Posted in Blog on 11/01/2015 by William George

Over the years I have worked here, our laptop line has changed a lot. We’ve had massive gaming-oriented models with 19-inch screens, tiny 12-inch models for the ultra-portable market, and everything in-between. We even had a touchscreen model for a while, since lots of people asked about that tech… and then it sold only a handful of units. We have just launched another update to our laptops, though, and I wanted to talk for a moment about our direction and goals.

Samsung Assassins Creed Bundle

Posted in Landing Pages on 11/01/2015 by Jon Bach

Purchase a new PC from Puget Systems with a Samsung 850 or 950 SSD that is 500GB or larger and receive a free download of Assassins Creed Syndicate.

 (HPC and Scientific Computing)

Molecular Dynamics Performance on GPU Workstations -- NAMD

Posted in HPC Blog on 10/27/2015 by Dr Donald Kinghorn

Molecular Dynamics programs can achieve very good performance on modern GPU accelerated workstations giving job performance that was only achievable using CPU compute clusters only a few years ago. The group at UIUC working on NAMD were early pioneers of using GPU’s for compute acceleration and NAMD has very good performance acceleration using NVIDIA CUDA. We show you how good that performance is on modern Nvidia GPU's

Product Review: Samsung 950 Pro 512GB M.2 Drive

Posted in Articles on 10/27/2015 by Matt Bach

The Samsung 950 Pro is the successor to the Samsung SM951 and their first retail M.2 drive. While this drive does run cooler than previous M.2 drives from Samsung, it still has some throttling issues due to high temperatures. Even with that, this drive has incredible sequential read and write performance at an attractive price point.

 (Customer Service)

How We Sell Computers at Puget Systems

Posted in Blog on 10/26/2015 by Wilson Chau

One of the things I love about my job is being able to talk to clients and finding out something interesting about them and their computer needs. The conversation will often involve the merits of purchasing the computer from Puget System which I've discussed before in the past. However, a few recent conversations I've had involved why the client chose to purchase a system from us which I found quite fascinating because they weren't just comparing us to big box retailers, but other PC boutique shop.

Recommended Systems for AutoDesk AutoCAD

Posted in Featured Systems on 10/26/2015

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

Recommended Systems for Adobe Photoshop

Posted in Featured Systems on 10/26/2015

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

 (account manager)

Event Schedule For 2016

Posted in Blog on 10/21/2015

As big as 2015 has been for us here at Puget Systems, we aren't looking back. We are looking at 2016 as an opportunity to build upon our success and get out there where our customers are to learn more about them, learn more about their workflow, and find out what more we can do to optimize our systems and experience to those exact needs. That is why we have a big tradeshow calendar lined up for this next year.

 (Customer Service Lead)

Gaming Computers: Different Hardware for Different Genres

Posted in Blog on 10/15/2015 by William George

Computer games often have varying hardware needs - some are more graphically demanding, others need a more powerful CPU, and some need a mix of both. Such requirements often follow the type or genre which games fit into, and this blog post looks at those common genre-based needs to help gamers figure out what sort of computer hardware will best match their playstyle.

NVIDIA Bullets or Blades Bundle

Posted in Landing Pages on 10/15/2015 by Jon Bach

Whether you’re fighting to free hostages or the depraved working class in London, the choice is yours. For a limited time, pick either Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six® Siege or Assassin’s Creed® Syndicate free when you buy a GeForce GTX 980 or 970 GPU , or 970M or above notebook.

Adobe After Effects CC 2014 Multi Core Performance

Posted in Articles on 10/06/2015 by Matt Bach

After Effects 2015 has some significant performance problems with multiple CPUs due to the removal of the "Render Multiple Frames Simultaneously" feature. In this article we want to test AE 2014 to see how well AE was able to utilize systems with both higher core count and multiple physical CPUs before this feature was removed.

 (Customer Service Lead)

Windows Media Center running on Windows 10

Posted in Blog on 10/02/2015 by William George

Microsoft may not offer Media Center on any versions of Windows 10, but that doesn't mean there is no way to get it working...

Windows 10 Upgrade Notification Removal

Posted in Support Software Guides on 09/30/2015 by Richard Falk

Here at Puget Systems, there has been a lot of talk about the free Windows 10 upgrade process available to users of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. But if you are going to be sticking with your existing Windows installation, this will help you to disable the notifications and pop ups.

Recommended Systems for Adobe After Effects

Posted in Featured Systems on 09/28/2015

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