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William George

customer service lead
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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:

  • PNY Quadro M2000 PCI-E 4GB picture
    William George (Customer Service Lead) Says:
    This is a great mid-range Quadro card, which is ideal for applications which need a "professional grade" video card but don't require cutting-edge 3D performance. It also supports 10-bit color, so it is a great choice for Photoshop users with high-end, 10-bit capable monitors. If you don't fall into one of those categories, though, a GeForce card around the same price will give more raw 3D performance in most situations.
  • Asus PG348Q 34 Inch Curved Ultra-wide G-SYNC IPS LCD Monitor picture
    William George (Customer Service Lead) Says:
    This monitor is a beast - huge, packed with features, and with a price tag to match. I picked one up as soon as we started carrying it, as I wanted some extra horizontal space when I work (I'm spoiled at the office by dual 27" monitors) and love having G-Sync support for gaming. The curve of the screen is very subtle, less than I had expected, but just right to keep the far edges of the screen from seeming warped. Overall I really like this monitor! Once nice thing is that when you get to screens of this caliber all the necessary cables for using this monitor are bundled with it. Both HDMI and DisplayPort cables are included, as well as a power adapter and USB 3.0 cable. That last one is to enable the 4-port USB 3.0 hub built into the back of the monitor, but because of its location it wouldn't really be convenient to access regularly.
  • Cyberlink PowerDVD 16 Ultra OEM picture
    William George (Customer Service Lead) Says:
    Windows 10 does not natively support DVD or Blu-ray playback, so if you want to watch those sorts of movies on your computer then you need software like this.
  • PNY Quadro M6000 PCI-E 24GB picture
    William George (Customer Service Lead) Says:
    This is effectively the same as the GeForce Titan X, including its handicap in double-precision floating point performance, but with twice the memory, ECC protection, and integrated into the Quadro line of professional-grade graphics cards. That means it is a very powerful GPU, and may have more specialized drivers and better support for certain high-end applications. For most users seeking high performance, though, the Titan X will offer similar capabilities for a lower price.
  • ASRock Model USB 3.1/A+C Card picture
    William George (Customer Service Lead) Says:
    USB just keeps getting faster! The latest version (3.1) supports speeds on par with Thunderbolt and introduces a new connector shape: Type C. Those new connectors are going to take a while to catch on, I think, but they are starting to show up on some motherboards. If you need to add one to a system, though, this card provides one - along with a traditional Type A port.
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB (Quiet) picture
    William George (Customer Service Lead) Says:
    This is one of the few video cards from 2015 which I am comfortable recommending for gaming at 4K resolution. The 6GB of memory in particular helps with such high resolutions, especially as newer games come out that need more video RAM, and although that is half of what the Titan X has it is still a solid amount of memory. Further, the actual in-game performance of the card almost matches the Titan X... but for a fair bit less money.
  • Western Digital Slim USB3.1 1.0TB External Drive picture
    William George (Customer Service Lead) Says:
    By using a slim form factor HDD, this external drive is more compact and easier to carry than the larger capacity models we offer. It also can be powered completely over USB, making it easier to use on the go with a laptop.
  • William George (Customer Service Lead) Says:
    This package can also be used to cool passive Tesla cards, but generally I recommend using actively cooled cards (either Tesla or Phi) so that modifications like this are not necessary. The exception to that recommendation is when using a chassis specifically designed to cool the passive cards, like our Peak 2U and 3U rackmounted workstations.
  • Logitech M500 Laser Mouse picture
    William George (Customer Service Lead) Says:
    Because of the shape it is only suitable for right-handed use. I personally prefer wireless mice, so that there is no chance of the cord catching on something while you move the mouse, but if you want to keep the cost down or don't want to have to deal with charging / replacing batteries then something like the M500 is a great choice.
  • Supermicro X10QBL-4CT picture
    William George (Customer Service Lead) Says:
    It is worth noting that Windows operating systems are often limited to a specific number of physical processors that they can use. Windows 10 is limited to one (Home) or two (Pro) CPUs - so if you want to use this motherboard then none of the normal versions of Windows will suffice. Instead you need a Windows Server edition or Linux.