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Top 5 Pro Tips for a New Puget System

Written on March 1, 2019 by Chad Warmenhoven

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So your new Puget System arrived and needless to say you're more than a little excited to get it unboxed and operational. Let's dive in shall we? We have compiled a list of some frequent issues encountered during the setup process and would love to help alleviate some woes during this process. These might seem simple and obvious to some but these computers are highly advanced workstations with components you might be unfamiliar with.

Setting up your new system

1. The single most common question is: "Where do I hook up my monitors"

  • Onboard vs Dedicated video card - As seen below the onboard display outs are located on the motherboard and are usually HDMI or DisplayPort variety and oriented vertically. Alternatively if you have a dedicated video card the connections will be similar however they will be horizontally oriented and located below the motherboard. **Even if you have onboard, if there is a dedicated video card the onboard will be disabled.**
  • If hooking up multiple displays it's best to avoid adapters whenever possible; using direct end to end (HDMI to HDMI / DP to DP) cables are the best solutions. If you don't have end to end cables please let us know and we can help you find the right ones, we may even have some! **We also include cables with all new systems so check your accessories box for fun toys!**

2. "How many USB devices do I need and WHERE do I plug them in?"

  • For the first boot we recommend connecting as few USB/peripheral devices as possible in an effort to avoid common first boot issues. 

  • We recommend using Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Network and Power for the first boot then gradually adding devices such as external HDDs, DigitalAudioControllers, additional monitors, gaming controllers, bluetooth controllers, etc. **There is an exceptional article detailing our recommendations for USB devices that is worth a read if you have additional questions: Helpful hints for Wireless devices and peripherals

3. "How does power affect my system?"

  • There are a plethora of different factors that influence system stability when it comes to power: UPS (Uninterruptable Power Supply), Battery backups, power strips vs directly into the wall; overall power draw at idle and under load. Wattage load information is recorded during the benchmarking phase here at Puget, if you would like those number please reach out to the support department and we can provide that. 
  • Plugging into a surge protector is always our first recommendation unless you have a UPS. Plugging directly into the wall is generally only recommended as a diagnostic test in the event of power concerns. If you're interested in purchasing a UPS or battery backup we have a wonderful article detailing these options as well as explanations of numerous terms; the article can be found here: How To Select The Right Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) For Your Computer

4. "Should I create a local account or a Microsoft account?"

  • We highly recommend creating a local account during the initial setup process. Since Windows 8, Microsoft has been encouraging setting up a Microsoft account during the setup process and some features of Windows 10 require access to Microsofts cloud. The primary use case is OneDrive so if Microsoft OneDrive is a critical component of your workflow then a Microsoft account is useful otherwise try starting with a local account.
    • During the Windows 10 setup you will be asked to sign into your Microsoft account, please select "Don't have an account?" and on the next page select "Sign in without a Microsoft account". **If you already created a MS account or signed in with one during the setup we have an article detailing how to switch over to a local account: How to switch from a Microsoft account to a local user in Windows 10

5. "Do I need to install the Antenna for WiFi and Bluetooth usage on the system"

  • Absolutely! If you intend to use WiFi and/or Bluetooth then the antenna will need to be secured into the rear of the system and is included in your accessories box. You may find that your system can detect nearby WiFi networks even without the antenna connected, but it is not able to maintain a stable connection without the antenna attached. If you aren't sure how to connect the antenna we also have instructions in the following article: Attaching a Wifi Antenna

BONUS. "How do I remove The Puget Tools application?"

  • During the installation process here at Puget Systems, we install the 'Puget Systems Support Tool'. We do this to help make it easier on you if you ever need to get in touch with our Support department. However, we also recognize that some users may not desire this feature in their system. This guide offers step-by-step instructions for those that wish to remove the tool: How To Remove The Puget Tools Application

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Tags: Setup, Hardware, How-to Guide, Desktop, Technology, Optimizing, Windows, wireless, FAQ, video, UPS, local, Puget Tools

The article didn't go into this. But why do you recommend a local account over a microsoft account?

Posted on 2019-03-06 17:37:52

I'm also curious about this. I personally wouldn't make M$ account (if I would use Windows) simply because I don't want to bind my OS so strongly to it's not always competent creator. And i don't like Microsoft, but that's a personal opinion, not objective measurement. But creating M$ account have some benefits - nobody can clean your password with bootable USB drive, you get convenient backup, license and settings transfer, access to Windows Store etc.

So yes, why do you recommend local account over M$?

Posted on 2019-03-08 15:20:10
Dennis L Sørensen

Personally I do it because your local user account, if an M$ account is used, will be the first 5 letters of your email used.

Lets say your account uses testemail@email.com, then your local user folder is called "teste".. Instead of the user folder name you want. Like if you wanted "Zanpher" fx.

Posted on 2019-03-22 11:24:59
Chad Warmenhoven

Hi there Zanpher and Tomasz. Many users have no need for the additional services bundled with a Microsoft account such as OneDrive, Office 365 or device to device syncing so we usuaally recommend utilizing a local account. If you find the MS services useful and necessary for your workflow then a MS account might be for you and there is nothing wrong with that; those services can be quite useful in some cases :) Whatever get's your work done.

Posted on 2019-04-03 20:49:56
MH Cadroom

I am wondering, what if any of the motherboard included software (from the Designare for example) do you install or recommend for someone who does not want to overclock and doesn't mind updating drivers as needed later manually.

Posted on 2019-03-28 12:23:44

Unless there is a specific tool that has some functionality you need, I wouldn't install any of the optional tools/utilities that comes with your motherboard - or any other piece of hardware for that matter. The overclocking and RGB control stuff make sense for those with that kind of system, but I feel like most of those utilities are junk.

Posted on 2019-03-28 16:58:25
MH Cadroom

Thank you Matt, I suspected as much. I think if I have questions about the few I might use I should look for a posting or create one about the Designare board specifically. like if the router creates a better WI-Fi environment than one typically supplied by Comcast or other provider, and maybe also if the "Home Cloud" is as good or better than other software for Photographers to download from cameras.

Again tanks, and thank all of you at Puget for sharing so much know-how !!!

Posted on 2019-03-29 10:51:55
Dan McDermott

This article should be updated since Puget Systems no longer installs the 'Puget Systems Support Tool'.
8 Dec 2019

Posted on 2019-12-08 15:05:15
Chad Warmenhoven

Dan, sorry for the late reply and we could remove that part of the article but there are a lot of systems out there that included the Puget Support tool. Those users may have recently decided to remove that tool and we don't want to leave them hanging! :)

Posted on 2020-05-20 21:23:35