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Jon Bach

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THEN: - before Puget -
I began my career with a local printing company, where I worked my way up from being temporary labor to being a full-time service representative. When the company needed a fleet of computers, I was selected as the project coordinator and computer systems manager. Those opportunities led to the responsibility of their website creation and to managing their internal systems. The experience and confidence I gained from these responsibilities are what made Puget Custom Computers possible.

NOW: - here at Puget -
I started Puget Systems in 2000 in my parents' basement! I've enjoyed growing the business, repeatedly moving locations to accommodate our growth. I appreciate being able to run a company with integrity and old fashioned values, and I am fortunate to have great employees that share those values. Few of us here have a background in the computer industry, and the more I get involved in the industry, the more I see that this is a very good thing. There is so much hype and disregard for the end user in this field, so I appreciate that we can detach ourselves from that and bring a fresh approach to building computers.

MY FIRST COMPUTER:
I built my first computer myself while I was in high school, which was an interesting learning process. I used the cheapest parts I could find online. Should I admit that it caught on fire? I probably shouldn't say that. It definitely taught me that the cheapest hardware is often higher cost in the end, after you put out the fires and replace everything that breaks!

MY DREAM COMPUTER:
I appreciate speed, but more than anything I value reliability. To that end, I am a believer in simplicity. No RAID for me, no SLI, no liquid cooling. Give me a simple computer, with a modern platform and quiet cooling, and I am happy. It's a toss-up between our Obsidian and Genesis I, but I'd probably go with the Genesis I for speed (this is a DREAM computer, after all).

RECOMMENDED SOFTWARE/GAME(S):
I love lightweight programs that run fast. There are a number of these programs I install on any computer: Paint.NET, Open Office, Google Chrome, Notepad++ (for programming), 7Zip, CCleaner, and VLC.

LIFE: - outside Puget's walls -
I am an avid trumpet player, and enjoy nothing more than the opportunity to volunteer for any church orchestra or musical I can find. I enjoy spending time outside with my wife and kids, and taking the jeep up into the mountains. Drive as high as you can on a logging road, then get out and scramble the rest of the way to the top!

HOMETOWN:
Burien, WA


Jon Bach's Recent Comments:

  • Corsair TX 750W Power Supply picture
    Jon Bach (President) Says:
    Check out my blog post on these power supplies, and why we love them.
  • Corsair VX 550W Power Supply picture
    Jon Bach (President) Says:
    Check out my blog post on these power supplies, and why we love them.
  • Corsair TX 650W Power Supply picture
    Jon Bach (President) Says:
    We have a long happy history with Seasonic power supplies, and I'll let you in on a secret: Seasonic manufactures these units for Corsair. And in the process, Corsair has made some improvements. Check out my blog post on the subject for more details.
  • EVGA nVidia GeForce GTX 295 1792MB CO-OP Edition picture
    Jon Bach (President) Says:
    The single PCB is a significant improvement. The dual PCB video cards were connected together with a small, insecure internal SLI bridge that was very easy to come loose. This new card will not only be much more secure, but will be lighter as well.
  • XFX GeForce GTX 295 1792MB (Single-PCB) picture
    Jon Bach (President) Says:
    The single PCB is a significant improvement. The dual PCB video cards were connected together with a small, insecure internal SLI bridge that was very easy to come loose. This new card will not only be much more secure, but will be lighter as well.
  • ASUS PIKE 2008 RAID Controller picture
    Jon Bach (President) Says:
    This card is not very high performance, but could be a good solution if you're connecting a bunch of slower traditional hard drive. It is very similar in performance to the LSI 9211-4i, because it uses a very similar revision of LSI controller, so check out our review of the LSI 9211-4i for more information on performance.
  • Gelid Tranquillo Rev3 picture
    Jon Bach (President) Says:
    We considered over a dozen coolers with highest reviews, and brought in 6 for testing. This CPU cooler was the quietest, most secure, and cooled the best. We even built up a computer, packaged it up, and simulated shipping damage to see how the cooler would hold up. It did very well. I highly recommend this CPU cooler for quiet operation. For even higher performance cooling (with a tad bit more noise), you should consider the Corsair Hydro series instead.
  • Fractal Design Define R5 Titanium picture
    Jon Bach (President) Says:
    This is definitely my favorite chassis. The cost is reasonable, and the value for the money is excellent. It is quiet, high quality, and versatile.
  • Seasonic M12II EVO 520W Power Supply picture
    Jon Bach (President) Says:
    We have a long happy history with Seasonic power supplies, and they're the best out there. I really like that even though this is an inexpensive power supply, it still has very quiet operation, and fully modular cables. The modular cables make the inside of your PC cleaner, since we since don't install cables we don't need (we still pass them along in the box in case you need them in the future). It also means that if you have a problem with the power supply and have to swap it out, you don't have to rewire the entire PC -- you just unplug the cables, swap the unit, and plug back in the cables.
  • Cyberlink PowerDVD 14 Ultra OEM picture
    Jon Bach (President) Says:
    We have negotiated pricing with Cyberlink for this software, so it is cheaper to buy here than just about anywhere else. If you plan to play Blu-Ray movies, you should buy this, and let us install and test it for you, so it is ready to go out of the box.