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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. 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 P2000 PCI-E 5GB picture
    William George (Puget Labs) 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... or of course a more powerful Quadro model.
  • NVIDIA Titan Xp 12GB picture
    William George (Puget Labs) Says:
    I don't normally recommend a card as expensive as the Titan Xp for gaming, since the GTX 1080 Ti gets you about 90% of the Titan X's performance for several hundred dollars less - but if you want to have the best 4K experience with a single video card then this is it (for this generation of video cards, at least). Its real purpose, though, is for computational workloads that can harness the GPU: there the Titan Xp and its 12GB of memory really shine, and the price is more justifiable.
  • NVIDIA Titan X 12GB picture
    William George (Puget Labs) Says:
    I don't normally recommend a card as expensive as the Titan X for gaming, since the GTX 1080 gets you about 80% of the Titan X's performance for several hundred dollars less - but if you want to have the best 4K experience with a single video card then this is it (for this generation of video cards, at least). Its real purpose, though, is for computational workloads that can harness the GPU: there the Titan X and its 12GB of memory really shine, and the price is more justifiable. Update: As of March 2017 the GTX 1080 Ti is now a better choice for gaming than the Titan X. It is just as fast, but costs far less. The only downside is 11GB of memory instead of 12, but for gaming that really doesn't matter. For professional applications and scientific computing, the newer Titan Xp has 12GB of memory and is about 10% faster than the 1080 Ti or Titan X - but you'll have to decide if that performance increase is worth the extra cost.
  • Blackmagic Design DeckLink Studio 4K 6G-SDI picture
    William George (Puget Labs) Says:
    This card has a somewhat noisy fan for cooling, so keep that in mind - and consider alternatives if you want to have a super-quiet computer.
  • Blackmagic Design DeckLink Mini Monitor 4K picture
    William George (Puget Labs) Says:
    This card has a somewhat noisy fan for cooling, so keep that in mind - and consider alternatives if you want to have a super-quiet computer.
  • Asus STRIX Z270E picture
    William George (Puget Labs) Says:
    This is a great motherboard for the Z270 platform - with all three digital video output standards, if you want to use the built-in graphics capabilities. Since you can use all 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! Of course it works great with one or two video cards as well :) It also still has a legacy PS2 port for older keyboards or mice, and support for the latest connectivity like M.2 drives and USB 3.1 devices.
  • PNY Quadro P4000 PCI-E 8GB picture
    William George (Puget Labs) Says:
    This is the fastest single-slot video card of its generation, and a good choice for professional applications which need a moderate amount of 3D performance across multiple monitors.
  • PNY Quadro P1000 PCI-E 4GB picture
    William George (Puget Labs) Says:
    This card has the same outputs as the less expensive P600, but since it has double the video memory (4GB instead of 2) it is much better suited to running several monitors at the same time.
  • PNY Quadro P600 PCI-E 2GB picture
    William George (Puget Labs) 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.
  • ASRock Z270M-ITX/ac 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.