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William George

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Phone: (425) 458-0273 x6002

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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 (perhaps something in the Fractal Design 'Define' series). 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 & 10, 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 in White Center 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!). 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:

  • Asus Prime Z270-A picture
    William George (Customer Service) Says:
    This is a great, affordable motherboard for the Z270 platform - with all three digital video output standards. Since you can use all 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! It also still has a legacy PS2 port for older keyboards or mice, and support for the latest connectivity like M.2 drives and USB 3.1 devices.
  • Intel Core i5 7600K 3.8GHz Quad Core 6MB 91W picture
    William George (Customer Service) Says:
    While this CPU can be overclocked I generally recommend against it. The 7600K already runs at a great 3.8GHz base clock speed, and with Intel's Turbo Boost feature that can reach as high as 4.2GHz depending on the situation. Overclocking safely only pushes the speed a little higher, around 10 or 15% - so it doesn't seem particularly worthwhile to me. If you need every ounce of possible speed then it can be viable, but for the vast majority of folks the stock speed is already going to be excellent.
  • Intel Core i7 7700K 4.2GHz Quad Core 8MB 91W picture
    William George (Customer Service) Says:
    While this CPU can be overclocked I generally recommend against it. The 7700K already runs at an amazing 4.2GHz base clock speed, and with Intel's Turbo Boost feature that can reach as high as 4.5GHz depending on the situation. Overclocking safely only pushes the speed a little higher, around 10% - so it doesn't seem particularly worthwhile to me. If you need every ounce of possible speed then it can be viable, but for the vast majority of folks the stock speed is already going to be excellent.
  • Asus Radeon HD 4850 512MB picture
    William George (Customer Service) Says:
    These cards have become extremely popular in recent months, thanks to great performance and a very reasonable price. For those not familiar with them, here are a couple of great links: TomsHardware Article & AnandTech Article
  • Asus PhysX P1E picture
    William George (Customer Service) Says:
    The newest expansion card on the proverbial block, Ageia's PhysX card is designed to do for physics what modern video cards have done for 3D video game graphics. The idea is that having a separate card to handle physical interaction between a computer user and his or her virtual environment will allow for more realism in gameplay, without overloading a computer's main CPU. You can get more info on our forums.
  • BFG PhysX P1 picture
    William George (Customer Service) Says:
    The newest expansion card on the proverbial block, Ageia's PhysX card is designed to do for physics what modern video cards have done for 3D video game graphics. The idea is that having a separate card to handle physical interaction between a computer user and his or her virtual environment will allow for more realism in gameplay, without overloading a computer's main CPU. You can get more info on our forums.
  • Gigabyte GA-X99-Designare EX Rev 1.0 picture
    William George (Customer Service) Says:
    If you need Thunderbolt 3 on a PC, look no further! This is the first board we've carried here at Puget Systems with that type of connection, and it has taken us a lot of testing to find a board where it finally worked well. Thunderbolt is, by its nature, a combination of DisplayPort for graphics with PCI-Express for data - and getting that combination to work well is tricky on systems that are not tightly integrated (like laptops and Macs).

    Because of the way that combo works, this motherboard has a DisplayPort *input*. You *must* run a short DisplayPort cable from the primary video card in the system to the motherboard in order for the Thunderbolt 3 connector to supply a video signal.

    Also, please note that Thunderbolt 1 & 2 used a different shape connector - one similar to a Mini DisplayPort, rather than the Type C connector that Thunderbolt 3 uses. If you have an older Thunderbolt device it should work, but you will need an adapter cable to connect with the Type C port on this board.
  • Samsung 960 Pro 1TB M.2 x4 SSD picture
    William George (Customer Service) Says:
    These SSDs are absurdly fast, and between the speed and the improved (but not perfect) thermal situation I no longer have reservations about recommending them. However, I should note that the speed doesn't help in all situations. Once you reach the speed of normal, SATA-based SSDs the improvement from an even faster drive only comes into play if your workload is actually doing a lot of reading or writing *and* isn't bottle necking somewhere else.
  • Samsung 960 Pro 512GB M.2 x4 SSD picture
    William George (Customer Service) Says:
    These SSDs are absurdly fast, and between the speed and the improved (but not perfect) thermal situation I no longer have reservations about recommending them. However, I should note that the speed doesn't help in all situations. Once you reach the speed of normal, SATA-based SSDs the improvement from an even faster drive only comes into play if your workload is actually doing a lot of reading or writing *and* isn't bottle necking somewhere else.
  • JDS Labs OBJECTIVE2+ODAC REV B picture
    William George (Customer Service) Says:
    "Objective2" - as in 'objectively the best DAC' :)