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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:

  • 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.
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1070 AERO 8GB OC 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.
  • MSI GeForce GTX 1070 AERO ITX 8GB picture
    William George (Puget Labs) Says:
    This is basically the little brother 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.
  • Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 Mini ITX OC 8G 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.
  • Seasonic FOCUS PLUS Gold 550W Power Supply picture
    William George (Puget Labs) Says:
    This is a great PSU for most systems with a single CPU and GPU (video card)... though some combinations of high wattage parts - like a Threadripper CPU, Titan-series GPU, and multiple hard drives - might warrant moving up to the next larger power supply.
  • Seasonic PRIME Gold 1000W Power Supply picture
    William George (Puget Labs) Says:
    This is a great PSU for pretty much any CPU and dual GPU (video card) configuration
  • Seasonic PRIME Gold 650W Power Supply picture
    William George (Puget Labs) Says:
    This is a great PSU for pretty much any CPU and single GPU (video card) configuration
  • PNY GeForce GTX 1060 CG 6GB Blower Edition picture
    William George (Puget Labs) Says:
    The GTX 1060 is an amazing value card for gamers, handling 1920x1080 resolution great and doing well even at somewhat higher resolutions. It is also the entry-level card in the GeForce 1000 series for virtual reality. The performance it offers for the price is amazing: GTX 980 capabilities for half what that card cost in its day. This particular variant, from PNY, is closer in size to a GTX 1070 or 1080 - while most 1060s are a bit shorter. It also has a fan that makes a decent amount of noise, even at idle. If its going in a system with other noisy parts, or in a location where noise is not an issue, then it should be fine - but if you are concerned about reducing noise, a different version would probably suit you better.