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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 (like the Antec P183). 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 & 8.1, 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 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:

  • AMD Bundle: FREE Star Citizen Game & Ship [with AMD Radeon R9 300 Series GPU] picture
    William George (Customer Service Lead) Says:
    This package includes the Star Citizen game (when it comes out - it is currently in development) plus access to the Arena Commander testing module, which is playable now. As a starter ship, it includes a Mustang Omega racing-oriented ship, with a paint job that is exclusive to this AMD offer.
  • Kingston USB 3.0 High-Speed Media Reader picture
    William George (Customer Service Lead) Says:
    We have had increasing problems over the years with internal card readers, especially when manufacturers try to fit in other features with them (floppy drives, USB hubs, etc). Moving to an external reader gets rid of those problematic add-ons, makes replacement easier if a drive does start to act up, and reduces cost.
  • Asus GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB STRIX DirectCU II OC picture
    William George (Customer Service Lead) Says:
    Multi-fan video cards like this are great if you want a quiet system and have airflow available to exhaust the heat that comes off the card. They are *not* usually ideal for dual video card setups, though, because of the amount of heat two cards would be pumping back into the system. That can be done, but the increased airflow required in the case usually negates any benefit from having quieter fans on the cards themselves... so I recommend rear-exhausting models if you plan to use two (or more) video cards in a single system.
  • Case Fans Upgrade Kit (Quiet PWM Ramping) picture
    William George (Customer Service Lead) Says:
    One of the first steps to make a system quiet is to make the fans as quiet as possible. Almost every system needs fans to keep components cool (even liquid-cooled systems), and they can easily be the loudest part of a computer. This kit lets our experienced production team decide what your particular configuration needs in terms of cooling and replace or adjust the fans accordingly. The fans in this kit also hook to the motherboard so their speed can be controlled based on temperature - giving a wider range of cooling capability, at the cost of added noise when things get hotter. If you aren't sure what sort of fans you want, feel free to check with our sales staff.
  • Asus X99-M WS picture
    William George (Customer Service Lead) Says:
    If you want a ton of processing power in a small package, this micro ATX motherboard allows use of both Core i7 and Xeon E5 processors - and with DDR4 ECC registered memory, up to 64GB of RAM! All of this, with some limits on CPU wattage, can fit in systems as small as our Peak Mini.
  • Intel Core i7 6700K 4.0GHz Quad Core 8MB 95W picture
    William George (Customer Service Lead) Says:
    While this CPU can be overclocked I generally recommend against it. The 6700K already runs at an amazing 4GHz base clock speed, and with Intel's Turbo Boost feature that can reach as high as 4.2GHz depending on the situation. Overclocking doesn't seem to be able to push the speed much higher, maybe 10% at most - 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 Z170-A picture
    William George (Customer Service Lead) Says:
    This is a great, affordable motherboard for the Z170 platform - with all four video output standards. Since you can use up to 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 a mix of all three USB standards (2.0, 3.0, and 3.1).
  • AMD Radeon R9 295X2 8GB picture
    William George (Customer Service Lead) Says:
    This card has a ton of graphics processing power, but the limiting factor is the 4GB of memory per GPU. At high resolutions and quality settings - 4K with high-end anti aliasing in particular - that will prevent the R9 295X2 from really reaching its full potential. This becomes most obvious if trying to run two of these cards together in Quad Crossfire. If you are running that sort of screen setup and want the best performance, consider two or three GeForce GTX 980 Ti cards instead (as they have 6GB of memory per GPU).
  • Silverstone SG10 Micro-ATX picture
    William George (Customer Service Lead) Says:
    This is one of the newest compact cases in Silverstone's SUGO line, and while it is a little taller than my beloved SG01 it solves a lot of the issues that case had. Being able to use tall CPU coolers is a huge improvement, for example, since it helps reduce noise and allows use of higher-wattage CPUs. It also looks better in person than in pictures, in my opinion.
  • VMWare vSphere 6.0 Hypervisor picture
    William George (Customer Service Lead) Says:
    Please note that for proper operation vSphere requires full hardware support of virtualization. For Intel platforms, this means VT-x and VT-d support from both the CPU and motherboard - and many mainstream boards don't include that functionality. If you have any questions about support for vSphere on our systems, please contact our sales department.