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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:

  • 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' :)
  • M-Audio Super DAC picture
    William George (Customer Service) Says:
    This is a great solution for high-quality stereo output from a computer, but if you just want digital output (via SPDIF) most motherboards have that built-in already. Also, for those used to more traditional sound cards and motherboard-based audio solutions, it should be noted that this does not have any microphone input - or any input to the computer at all, really. The 1/8-inch audio input is designed to let you listen to other sources besides the computer, but it does not actually pass that input to the computer in any way. If you need a microphone input them a more advanced external mixer or sound board would be better, or even just a microphone that uses USB to connect directly to the system.
  • PNY Quadro P6000 PCI-E 24GB picture
    William George (Customer Service) Says:
    This is very similar to the NVIDIA Titan X (Pascal version), including its handicap in double-precision floating point performance, but with slightly more CUDA cores, twice the memory, and ECC protection. That means it is a very powerful GPU, and as part of the Quadro line it may have more specialized drivers and better support for certain high-end applications. For many users seeking high performance, though, the Titan X will offer similar capabilities for a lower price.
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB picture
    William George (Customer Service) Says:
    Standard GeForce video cards can be used for many GPU accelerated applications, and are the most cost-effective option in many situations. The biggest downside is that they don't have good double-precision (FP64) performance, but that is often not needed - especially for commercial software. They often also have a little bit less RAM than dedicated GPU compute cards like the Tesla series.
  • NVIDIA Titan X 12GB <b><font color=red>LIMITED SUPPLY</font></b> picture
    William George (Customer Service) Says:
    Standard GeForce video cards can be used for many GPU accelerated applications, and are the most cost-effective option in many situations. The biggest downside is that they don't have good double-precision (FP64) performance, but that is often not needed - especially for commercial software. They often also have a little bit less RAM than dedicated GPU compute cards like the Tesla series.
  • William George (Customer Service) Says:
    Standard GeForce video cards can be used for many GPU accelerated applications, and are the most cost-effective option in many situations. The biggest downside is that they don't have good double-precision (FP64) performance, but that is often not needed - especially for commercial software. They often also have a little bit less RAM than dedicated GPU compute cards like the Tesla series.
  • Asus H170I-Pro/CSM picture
    William George (Customer Service) 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 Quadro K620 PCI-E 2GB picture
    William George (Customer Service) Says:
    This is a good choice if you need basic graphics output to go alongside Tesla GPU accelerators. It is also viable for entry level CAD workstations, especially with primary 2D or simple 3D workloads.