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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 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.
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X 12GB picture
    William George (Customer Service Lead) Says:
    This is the first single GPU video card I am comfortable recommending for gaming at 4K resolution. The 12GB of memory in particular will help greatly here, especially as newer games come out that need more video RAM, and the GPU itself can average >30 fps in all 4K game tests I have seen. The 'Achilles heel' of this card, though, is double-precision (FP64) compute performance. That won't matter to gamers or most folks using this for traditional graphics workloads, but in certain areas of GPGPU computing it comes into play. If you know your work depends on that, then aim for the high-end Tesla or Quadro line of cards instead.
  • Clevo P750ZM 15 inch Notebook w/ Matte Screen picture
    William George (Customer Service Lead) Says:
    There are a few things worth noting about this notebook:

    - Of the two M.2 slots, only one supports high-speed PCI-Express drives. The other only operates at SATA 6Gbp speeds.

    - One of the USB 3.0 ports is also an eSATA port.

    - Even though it is a large laptop, intended as a desktop replacement, there is no optical drive bay.

    - The WiFi card slot uses the M.2 form factor, rather than the Mini PCIe form factor.
  • Clevo P770ZM 17 inch Notebook w/ Matte Screen picture
    William George (Customer Service Lead) Says:
    There are a few things worth noting about this notebook:

    - Of the two M.2 slots, only one supports high-speed PCI-Express drives. The other only operates at SATA 6Gbp speeds.

    - One of the USB 3.0 ports is also an eSATA port.

    - Even though it is a large laptop, intended as a desktop replacement, there is no optical drive bay.

    - The WiFi card slot uses the M.2 form factor, rather than the Mini PCIe form factor.
  • Asus X99 Deluxe/U3.1 picture
    William George (Customer Service Lead) Says:
    This board sports a new white-on-black color scheme from Asus - so it looks great in systems with a side window! It is also loaded with all the latest technology, so if you are looking for something that is future-proof this is a great choice. Please note that the bundled USB 3.1 card will take up one of the expansion slots on the board. That will need to be factored in if you have a lot of other cards you will be using as well.
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB picture
    William George (Customer Service Lead) Says:
    This is one of the few video cards from 2015 which I am comfortable recommending for gaming at 4K resolution. The 6GB of memory in particular helps with such high resolutions, especially as newer games come out that need more video RAM, and although that is half of what the Titan X has it is still a solid amount of memory. Further, the actual in-game performance of the card almost matches the Titan X... but for a fair bit less money.
  • Intel Core i7 4790K 4.0GHz Quad Core 8MB 88W picture
    William George (Customer Service Lead) Says:
    While this CPU can be overclocked I generally recommend against it. The 4790K already runs at an amazing 4GHz base clock speed, and with Intel's Turbo Boost feature that can reach as high as 4.4GHz depending on the situation. In our testing we find that it runs at 4.2 - 4.3GHz most of the time when under heavy load, even with all the cores working hard. When we overclock it we only reach 4.4 - 4.6GHz, so it isn't much of a boost... but it generates extra heat, uses more power, and adds to the cost of the system. 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 Sabertooth Z97 Mark 2/USB 3.1 picture
    William George (Customer Service Lead) Says:
    This board has all the high-quality components that Asus uses on their "TUF" series boards, but without some of the fluff like the 'thermal armor', which we never found to be all that helpful. As such it costs a lot less, while still having a good feature set and solid reliability. One small thing worth noting is that the USB 3.1 ports on the back of the system share resources with the bottom-most PCI-Express slot. With the USB 3.1 ports active it only runs at PCI-Express x2 speed, but it can run at x4 if those are turned off.