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William George

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William’s love for computers began when he was four years old. An internship at Disney World and experience in retail electronics sales helped him hone his customer service skills. William’s career with Puget Systems began in 2005 in Inventory and Assembly. He worked in Sales and Consulting for nine years, helping customers configure and purchase their systems. In 2017, William moved into Labs, where he researches the applications our customers use, testing them on various types of computer hardware, and publishing articles and system recommendations. William loves the Puget Systems work environment and says there is no where else he’d rather be.

HOMETOWN:
Seattle, WA


William George's Recent Comments:

  • In Win RS424-02M 24 bay 4U Rackmount w/ 800W Redundant PSU picture
    William George (Puget Labs) Says:
    While very well suited to be a storage and CPU processing power-house, this system is *not* ideal for high-end GPUs. The power supply lacks sufficient wattage and PCI-Express connectors, and the motherboard layout isn't right for it either.
  • Seasonic PRIME Gold 850W Power Supply picture
    William George (Puget Labs) Says:
    This is a great PSU for pretty much any CPU and dual GPU (video card) configuration - or potentially dual CPUs and a single GPU
  • Noctua NH-U12S TR4-SP3 picture
    William George (Puget Labs) Says:
    Noctua fans and heatsinks are of the highest quality, and extremely quiet (at least the band-aid colored ones). This particular model is designed to work with AMD's Threadripper processors, and is much quieter than the close-loop coolers we've used for that platform in the past.
  • MSI X299M Pro Carbon AC picture
    William George (Puget Labs) Says:
    Please note that the PCI-Express slot speeds depend on the processor installed. Lower-end chips have fewer PCI-E lanes, so if you plan on using a lot of expansion cards please check with our consultants to make sure you get a CPU that will support everything you need.
  • Gigabyte X299 AORUS 7 (rev. 1.0) picture
    William George (Puget Labs) Says:
    Please note that the PCI-Express slot speeds depend on the processor installed. Lower-end chips have fewer PCI-E lanes, so if you plan on getting a lot of expansion cards you may want to check with our consultants to make sure you get a CPU that will support everything you need.
  • Gigabyte X299 Designare EX picture
    William George (Puget Labs) Says:
    Please note that the PCI-Express slot speeds depend on the processor installed. Lower-end chips have fewer PCI-E lanes, so if you plan on getting a lot of expansion cards you may want to check with our consultants to make sure you get a CPU that will support everything you need.
  • Silverstone ST1500-TI 1500W Power Supply picture
    William George (Puget Labs) Says:
    I'm not certain of this, but I believe the high efficiency rating of this power supply allows it to put off less heat - thus needing less heatsink material inside, and therefore being smaller in overall dimensions compared to other 1000W+ PSUs.
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB ACX 3.0 SC picture
    William George (Puget Labs) Says:
    The GTX 1070 Ti basically splits the difference between the original 1070 and 1080 models. If you were considering a vanilla 1070 you might as well get this instead, as it isn't all that much more expensive for a nice performance boost (at least in games and other applications that heavily use the video card). It comes remarkably close to the GTX 1080 I own as well, considering the much lower price. I think I'd have a hard time recommending the older 1070 and 1080 today; the 1070 Ti and 1080 Ti offer better price:performance ratios in my opinion, though if prices drop on the older cards as a result they are still all based on the same tech.

    This quieter version is great in single-card configurations, but for dual card setups I would tend to recommend the reference style cooling which exhausts more of the heat out the back.
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB picture
    William George (Puget Labs) Says:
    The GTX 1070 Ti basically splits the difference between the original 1070 and 1080 models. If you were considering a vanilla 1070 you might as well get this instead, as it isn't all that much more expensive for a nice performance boost (at least in games and other applications that heavily use the video card). It comes remarkably close to the GTX 1080 I own as well, considering the much lower price. I think I'd have a hard time recommending the older 1070 and 1080 today; the 1070 Ti and 1080 Ti offer better price:performance ratios in my opinion, though if prices drop on the older cards as a result they are still all based on the same tech.

    In terms of cooling, this version is NVIDIA's reference design, often called the "Founders Edition" - with a nice heatsink and blower fan to exhaust the card's waste heat out the back of the computer.
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Ti AERO 8GB picture
    William George (Puget Labs) Says:
    The GTX 1070 Ti basically splits the difference between the original 1070 and 1080 models. If you were considering a vanilla 1070 you might as well get this instead, as it isn't all that much more expensive for a nice performance boost (at least in games and other applications that heavily use the video card). It comes remarkably close to the GTX 1080 I own as well, considering the much lower price. I think I'd have a hard time recommending the older 1070 and 1080 today; the 1070 Ti and 1080 Ti offer better price:performance ratios in my opinion, though if prices drop on the older cards as a result they are still all based on the same tech.

    In terms of cooling, this version is very similar to the Founders Edition - with the same blower fan and overall layout but a different shroud around the heatsink.