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William George

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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. After a time I moved to sales and consulting, where I have spent more than nine years helping folks configure and purchase systems (late 2006 to early 2017). I also wrote various technical articles for the company, and in time was called on to move into our Labs department. I took on that role in April 2017, and now spend my time researching the engineering applications that our customers use, testing them on various types of computer hardware, and publishing articles and system recommendations. I look forward to continuing to help our customers this way, and I am excited about where both Puget Systems is headed in the future!

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 - running in a quiet case, perhaps something in the Fractal Design 'Define' serie, and with quiet Noctua fans. 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 10 with privacy & update tweaks, 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. If you have space for it, I also strongly recommend the HTC Vive with Room Scale mode, and some great games for that include The Lab, Audioshield, and Star Trek Bridge Crew.

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:

  • MSI Z370M GAMING PRO AC picture
    William George (Puget Labs) Says:
    This is a nice board, but I wanted to make a comment about MSI's port labeling. In their documentation, they call all of the USB ports "USB 3.1" - with four called "Gen 1" and two called "Gen 2". This is technically a valid way to describe them, according to the creators of the USB specification, but I find it a bit confusing. "USB 3.1 Gen 1" is really just the same thing as USB 3.0: a 5Gbps (theoretical max) connection. For that reason, I prefer to call such ports USB 3.0 - and to reserve the term USB 3.1 for the "Gen 2" 10Gbps connections. That is how we do our own labeling in the specs we provide here at Puget Systems.
  • Asus ROG STRIX Z370-I GAMING picture
    William George (Puget Labs) Says:
    This board packs a lot of features into a small size - and fairly small price tag, too. That is important for compact systems, since there is very little room to expand or add features beyond what the motherboard includes. The single PCI-Express slot is usually for a dedicated video card, at least when the chassis it is installed in is big enough, but could also be used for other devices if needed.
  • Gigabyte Z370N WiFi picture
    William George (Puget Labs) Says:
    This board packs a lot of features into a small size - and fairly small price tag, too. That is important for compact systems, since there is very little room to expand or add features beyond what the motherboard includes. The single PCI-Express slot is usually for a dedicated video card, at least when the chassis it is installed in is big enough, but could also be used for other devices if needed.
  • PNY GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Blower Edition picture
    William George (Puget Labs) Says:
    The GTX 1080 is a fantastic card all-around. It is great for gaming, even viable as a single card at up to 4K resolution, and also a perfect choice for virtual reality experiences like the HTC Vive. It also does very well in scientific computing with single precision (FP32) calculations.

    This version is very similar to the Founders Edition, with the same blower fan and overall layout but a different shroud around the heatsink.
  • Corsair Hydro Series H80i v2 CPU Cooler picture
    William George (Puget Labs) Says:
    This is a newer closed-loop cooler, replacing the H60 we've carried for years. Its main advantage is a thicker radiator which can dissipate more heat, allowing it to better handle the high core count processors AMD and Intel are putting out.
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB picture
    William George (Puget Labs) Says:
    The GTX 1080 is a fantastic card all-around. It is great for gaming, even viable as a single card at up to 4K resolution, and also a perfect choice for virtual reality experiences like the HTC Vive. It also does very well in scientific computing with single precision (FP32) calculations.

    And yes, I did buy one... on launch day... because I'm running 3440x1440... :)
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Blower Edition picture
    William George (Puget Labs) Says:
    This is basically the little brother (well, not so little really!) to the GTX 1080. If you are gaming at 2560x1440 or lower, I would recommend the 1070 - there is little reason to spend more on the costlier 1080. It also does great with current-gen VR technology like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

    This version is very similar to the Founders Edition, with the same blower fan and overall layout but a different shroud around the heatsink.
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Blower Edition picture
    William George (Puget Labs) Says:
    The GTX 1080 is a fantastic card all-around. It is great for gaming, even viable as a single card at up to 4K resolution, and also a perfect choice for virtual reality experiences like the HTC Vive. It also does very well in scientific computing with single precision (FP32) calculations.

    This version is very similar to the Founders Edition, with the same blower fan and overall layout but a different shroud around the heatsink.
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB ACX 3.0 picture
    William George (Puget Labs) Says:
    This is basically the little brother (well, not so little really!) to the GTX 1080. If you are gaming at 2560x1440 or lower, I would recommend the 1070 - there is little reason to spend more on the costlier 1080. It also does great with current-gen VR technology like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

    This quieter version is great in single-card configurations, but for dual card setups I would tend to recommend blower style cooling which exhausts more of the heat out the back.
  • Automatic Backup and Restore Set-up picture
    William George (Puget Labs) Says:
    I loved the backup capabilities that were built into Windows 7, but they have changed somewhat in newer versions. 8 / 8.1 did away with the image based backup that I found particularly useful, but thankfully Windows 10 has brought that back.

    I strongly recommend taking advantage of this setup option if you are purchasing an external hard drive with your computer. I'd also encourage picking a drive at least as large as your primary drive, and better yet as large as all of your internal hard drives combined (if you have more than one). Please note that while we create an image of the C: drive when configuring this backup, the subsequent runs will only back up the Windows library folders by default. You can make another drive image at any time, though, and I recommend doing so periodically.

    This blog post has some more information about the backup capabilities included in Windows.