Genesis I

A powerful single-CPU workstation for media editing.

Puget Systems Professional Advice

William George (Customer Service)
William George (Customer Service) Says:
The Genesis I is a great single-CPU workstation, with a wide range of options. If you are aiming for low noise operation, make sure to select the quiet modification package - and also to avoid adding loud components to the system. Specific things to watch out for are higher RPM hard drives (like the Western Digital RE series) and video cards that have loud fans. If you aren't sure of what to pick, save the design and then request a review or just call / email our sales consultants!
Jeff Stubbers (Mr. Customer Service)
Jeff Stubbers (Mr. Customer Service) Says:
The Genesis I is a great platform that allows you to start off with a rather humble configuration, or crank up the components into a real power house of a system. Choices from 4-core processor, 6-core, 8-core, on up to a 22-core processor. The Puget Genesis I has a lot of room and capability to be configured to your specific needs. If you need assistance finding the best mix of components, just let us know. We'll be happy to help!
Brett Nordquist (Customer Happiness Engineer)
Brett Nordquist (Customer Happiness Engineer) Says:
Don't be surprised if we try to steer you away from the Genesis I, not because it's not a great workstation, but because it's geared towards specific types of post-production tasks rather than gaming or general computing. We have other models that are a better fit in those instances. The Genesis I is a serious, high performance machine that can be configured with the very best performing components such as Intel hexa-core processors and NVIDIA Quadro cards. This is the type of professional-grade system that separates the men from the boys.
Chris Stephens (Manager, Sales & Service)
Chris Stephens (Manager, Sales & Service) Says:
If your livelihood depends on you having a powerful computer to handle demanding programs, then the Genesis is for you. Check with one of our consultants to see if one processor or two is right for you.

Reviews from Reseller Ratings

Genesis Media Coverage

This page details some of the more prominent media reviews and features that have been done.
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FStoppers

FSTOPPERS

March 1, 2016

Quote: Yes, we decided against upgrading to the shiny, expensive black “trashcan” that Apple is selling and went with a custom-built Genisis II 4K edit suite from Puget Systems. This affordable, upgradeable, high-speed machine allows me to edit 4K raw footage in real time and apply effects and grades right in my timeline — no playback rendering, no waiting. I hate waiting.

Read the full review here.

ServeTheHome

ServeTheHome

July 27, 2015

Quote: Besides the workstation itself, Puget Systems customer service, order process and status updates is second to none in our opinion. We simply have not seen any company that has a system in place like this. The first day when an email came over showing benchmark results and finial build pictures which FLIR pictures and BIOS screen shots impressed us. Every aspect of our order process was well thought out and provided us a great customer experience before we even received the machine.

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McFARLAND & PECCI Films

McFARLAND & PECCI

June 26, 2015

Quote: The word is out. Professionals are looking for options. The PC building companies are taking notice. Users need horsepower. They need beefy graphics cards. They need room for third party hardware! The guys at Puget Systems were very interested in building machines that could compete with Apple and so over the past month, we teamed up to build an edit system that is both affordable and run’s 4K footage in Adobe Creative Suite, as well as Davinci’s Resolve.

Read the full review here.

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Tom’s Hardware

August 23, 2013

The last time Jon Bach, president of Puget Systems, told me about one of his projects was back in 2009, and we published What Does A $16,000+ PC Look Like, Anyway? That was four quad-core Opterons with 32 GB of memory, and something like six terabytes of mechanical storage. Sixteen grand. In 2009. More recently, Jon sent over the details on a 16-core setup with 64 GB of DDR3-1600 for less than half as much ($7400). But the specs weren't even the highlight. Front and center was the fact that Jon was citing near-silent acoustic figures. As someone who has actually built workstations across several generations of processor architectures, I know this isn't easy. What follows is Jon's walk-through of Puget's Genesis II Quiet Edition.

Read the full walk-through here.

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Anandtech

May 22, 2013

Quote: Top to bottom, the components included are the kind of high quality that you'd expect. As I mentioned previously, this is the quietest workstation I've ever tested, an impressive feat when you look at the tremendous amount of performance on tap from the two CPUs. A series of intelligent component choices, smart engineering of the chassis, and an overall clean build allow the Genesis II Quiet to very effectively achieve what Puget Systems set out to do: build an incredibly fast system that produces virtually no noise. That everything runs as cool as it does is just an added bonus.

Read the full review here.

PC Perspective

PC Perspective

January 19, 2012

Quote: But for workstation users that might be looking for an alternative to the Dell or HP offerings and maybe want to get the latest hardware before those larger companies finally get around to selling it, looking into the Puget Genesis I and Genesis II line of systems is a great start.

Read the full review here.

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Neo Fight

October 17, 2011



Ben Freedman talks with Puget Systems president Jon Bach about the Genesis I workstation, and how it is optimized for Adobe Premiere.

See their original post at here.

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ProVideo Coalition

May 31, 2010

Quote: As your computer is being built and tested, you feel almost like you are there with them as they are putting each card into the chassie, and you stay informed by the updates in your PS account, as well as with e-mails that are sent if there are any issues that arise during the testing of the unit. I have to say that I was very, very impressed, and if I needed to purchase a “high-end” PC, whether it’s for post production or not, PS is who I would go with.

Read and watch the full review here.

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Electronic Musician

April 9, 2010

Quote: The Genesis II from Puget Systems boasts two 3.33GHz Intel Xeon processors, 12GB of RAM, an IcyDock removable hard drive bay, and a Puget Hydro CL1 liquid-cooling system. Running 64-bit Windows 7, it makes an impressive DAW.

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Streaming Learning Center

Streaming Learning Center

January 10, 2010

Quote: I went through the typical buying process; pre-purchase conference, email notifications regarding the system's progress through manufacturing and testing, with thermal photographs showing the system's heat characteristics. The system included final test results with the tester's name so I'd know who to call if something went wrong (nothing did). It was a fun process, and the computer proved to be a real workhorse.

Read the full review here.

Studio Daily

Studio Daily Magazine

September 9, 2009

Quote: Looking for the fastest workstation in the world? The safe bet is to go with an established manufacturer, taking advantage of seasoned design teams, combined experience of thousands of customers, and the serious buying power of a gigantic multinational corporation. Or, you could find a smaller boutique shop like Puget Systems, which will give you a world-class custom workstation such as its Genesis II, accompanied by personal service and hand-picked components, that might result in surprising performance.

Read the full review here.

Post Magazine

Post Magazine

August 24, 2009

Quote: Moving between applications was speedy and my encoding from Premiere Pro was extremely fast...The Genesis Liquid Cooling system was extremely quiet. This was a major improvement over my last PC, and it was even quieter than my MacPro...Puget Systems' Genesis performed like the winner it is. Steady, fast and reliable.

Read the full review here.

CPU Magazine

CPU Magazine

August 19, 2009

Quote: Puget Systems submitted the most unique system of the bunch, the Genesis II. The version we tested is built around Intel’s S5520SC Shady Cove motherboard and a pair of 3.33GHz quad-core Intel Xeon W5590 processors, capable of processing a stunning 16 threads at once. As you’d expect, the Genesis II owned almost every test that favors the CPU, getting downright biblical on Cinebench R10.

Read the full review here, and view the benchmark results table here.

Read what our customers have to say about Puget Systems!

While reviews and awards from major publications are great, nothing speaks louder than the words of our customers.

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Lanny

star yellow iconstar yellow iconstar yellow iconstar yellow iconstar yellow icon 2 weeks ago

"In my search for a highly capable PC, I'd decided to look into custom-built options. Searching the web, I found Puget Systems, and was immediately impressed by both their website, and the options they offered. The simple, intuitive site made it easy to arrive at a unit that was custom designed for my needs. What was most impressive was their staff...super responsive, helping with any and all questions. I felt like I'd just made new friends. The whole experience was so well thought through, it gave me great confidence in the investment I was making...as I have no doubt they put as much care into the build as they obviously did in everything else! Great experience, I will (and have) recommended them to anyone who'll listen!"
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Bobbi McDonald

From Post Falls, Idaho

star yellow iconstar yellow iconstar yellow iconstar yellow iconstar yellow icon 3 weeks ago

"I am so amazed by this company. I wasn't sure exactly what I wanted and I was able to talk to someone who guided me in the exact computer that I needed. Then after I ordered it, their web site kept me updated to exactly what they were doing during the building stages, and through it all. It didn't take more than just a few business days to have the computer built. Then when they shipped it, it arrived in just 24 hrs. It was tightly package, and had no damage. It is sharp looking and works amazing. I am so excited to get to know my new system. I just got it today in the mail, and it is put together here in america. Thank you to Puget Custom Computers!"
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Michael

From Salt Lake City

star yellow iconstar yellow iconstar yellow iconstar yellow iconstar yellow icon 4 weeks ago

"I’m not so much a PC guy. I use one because I have a business-critical application that just doesn’t display well in a virtualized instance of Windows running on my Mac. That makes it a very expensive app. Windows has improved a lot recently, so other than the duplicate costs of redundant platforms, I don’t mind working in Windows.

My current outdated machine was made by a local boutique PC builder, now out of business (along with my “life time” service warranty). I’ve had enough of Dell and HP for a life time, so I researched boutique builders again—but this go I wanted to find one a bit less “boutique,” and one with real service chops.

After exhaustive research, I decided to give Puget Systems my business. They compete in a commodity business where others make their margin selling the perception of top-shelf quality but delivering something less to make their margin. Puget curates hardware components with the end in mind.

If you take time to lay it out in a spreadsheet, it makes sense. With the law of large numbers at work, putting enterprise quality gear in a computer pays off in the end by generating fewer support tickets. It’s kind of a virtuous cycle—better design and parts today means less support burden later. While it seems like simple math, it requires uncommon foresight and character to shift your profit margin to the end of the business cycle.

Like any business that survives, Puget experiments and iterates creating seemingly minor innovations. Keeping copious records of which manufacturer’s parts have longevity and which ones generate fewer support calls, they gain organic efficiencies.

The omnipresent threat to computers is heat, so Puget manufactures their own fan mounts. Instead of using the case mounts for the fans—the ones all other computer builders use, farther away from the heat—they design and manufacture their own fan mounts enabling them to locate fans directly next to the heat source (CPUs and GPUs).

This yields two huge benefits: first, your computer operates under a lower stress load bolstering durability and secondly, the computer runs significantly quieter because Puget perches the fans right where they’re needed—they spin at a lower rate and less often. End result is a computing experience that sounds more like you’re using a solar-powered calculator than piloting a fighter jet (every computer I’ve owned). Puget pursues noise like doctors nag us about cholesterol.

While their web site is decidedly not “web 2.0,” I found the online ordering and fulfillment process more articulate than any e-commerce transaction I’ve ever had. My order had its own status page detailing every component. With all other transactions, there’s a communications gap between the checkout cart and when Amazon delivers your box. Not with Puget.

They show you each step: staging, assembly, installation, quality assurance, final preparation to packing and shipping. Each major step has dozens of discrete work flow tasks (read anal) that must be completed in sequence—and it’s all tracked online for the despotic, overlord, control freak in all of us. I changed part of my order, switching to a less-popular CPU. It was a one-day order cycle, and I was able to track it from a staging bin to the production bench.

Every aspect of the build is captured to your status page as well as being documented in an extensive build log including beauty shots of the end product and screen captures of every bios configuration. They also include two infrared camera photos highlighting the heat signature of your system at a normal and exaggerated loads, ensuring quiet, cool computing. All of this is available online and in a hard-copy record in a binder. I didn’t have this level of disclosure and detail when I bought my last car or my home—many orders of magnitude more of a considered purchase.

In searching for customer reviews, I bumped into a live stream of them building customer ordered computers live on Twitch. I know…stimulating…Netflix will not be calling Puget for a content licensing deal. Dork confession—it was captivating.

It’s more interesting than I imagined seeing how it all comes together, like an episode of “How it’s Made.” I watched a second build job (these videos are hours long) of the company founder getting interviewed while a tech was building a machine on the bench next to him. As the build took shape the interviewer hit President John Bach with a torrent of questions requiring nuanced answers only a journeyman builder could provide. It’s reassuring to know the desk jockey running operations up front can empathize with every potential production variable.

But the most interesting part was watching the top-down camera angle on the bench. The technician building this computer was Houston Bennett, and while it seems like hyperbole, Houston’s hands move like someone disarming an explosive device or maybe like Sam Maloof making a rocking chair.

As the build progresses and fills with components, the space for his hands grows more and more sparse, and the case is regularly pivoted for securing parts and routing cables. I been around craftsmen. My grandfather was a shoemaker and my father was a painter. Their hands were nimble and sure, and Houston moved with similar confidence and restraint.

I realize this is starting to sound like a fanboy obsession. It’s just a pile of parts, and whether it turns out to be a blunt instrument or a magic wand is much more dependent upon the hands working the keyboard than the ones seating the RAM. But I also know it was built in an exacting workflow and will be readily supported when needed.

So anyone can charge a premium for better parts, right? Puget’s systems may have the best components, but they’re nowhere near the most expensive. They’re one of the few shops who will explain why a Xeon chip might be a better fit (and cheaper) for your work flow. If you want a bitchin’ case and seizure-inducing, dance floor luminescence buy from Origin. All you get from Puget is boring old reliability and friendly, skilled service.

I gain nothing by writing a review (no discount). My only upside is that they’re in business when it’s time for my next build. And people who build quality and offer superior service should be blessed with continued success. Small businesses grow by word-of-mouth. Puget Systems deserves your consideration."
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Rose Wellman

From Portland

star yellow iconstar yellow iconstar yellow iconstar yellow iconstar yellow icon a month ago

"I do a lot with VMWare (work) and Adobe CC (hobby) and my old system just wasn’t cutting it anymore. I did a lot research and couldn’t find a PC from the box sellers that met my needs or budget. So I decided to take the plunge with Puget. I ran across them a few years back but thought they were too good be true.

My only regret is not contacting Puget sooner!

They made the entire process easy and enjoyable. It was refreshing to work with true professionals that not only know what they’re doing but enjoy it as well.

William was great at understanding my requirements and suggesting ways to alter the specs to save me money while still meeting my needs.

As bonus, I got to see my computer being built with Houston. I decided to check on the progress of my system one night and found his early video where he recorded his craft while chatting with other likeminded folks.

The rest of the team (Justin, Kyle, Josh, and Stephanie) kept me totally update on with online reporting as their worked on my system. I knew exactly where my new baby was in the process at all times. Try getting that from another vendor.

Puget Systems is a great company to do business with. If you’re in the market for a new system, look no further. You won’t be disappointed. I promise."
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Oliver H LeBlanc

From Davis CA

star yellow iconstar yellow iconstar yellow iconstar yellow iconstar yellow icon 2 months ago

"I recently bought a Serenity Professional. It is probably the most satisfactory purchase I've ever made. The folks at Puget Systems were extremely helpful throughout the process, answering my dumb questions promptly, graciously, and right on the point (I especially thank Wilson Chau and Christopher Crader in this regard). And the machine is exactly what I wanted. Even better."
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James J Johann

From Bellingham, WA

star yellow iconstar yellow iconstar yellow iconstar yellow iconstar yellow icon 2 months ago

"I had been trying to do video editing on an Intel i3 laptop. Both it and I were in over our heads. Having followed Puget Systems for about a year, longingly, I decided to stick my toe in the water with Puget's representative Wilson Chau. I had been around computers long enough to know what I wanted, but not enough to know how much it was going to cost. Wilson was the coolest take-your-time sales agent! If I didn't offer the answers to what I wanted, he asked the proper questions to get me there. I never felt so much confidence dealing with any other company that I can think of. It took no time at all to enter an order and receive my new custom system. Absolutely everything about the quality of service and the quality of the hardware was stunning. I had a question or two to support when setting up the system; the responses were very good and very fast. What is this all about - a computer firm that actually cares about their customer after the sale? I must have entered the bizarro world!"
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Cullen

From Winter springs

star yellow iconstar yellow iconstar yellow iconstar yellow iconstar yellow icon 2 months ago

"I ordered a package of replacement parts for a case from Puget. The package arrived on time and packaged very well. Upon opening it I noticed some damage to the corner from were the carrier had dropped the package and damaged the parts. I contacted Puget and received a response very quickly informing me a replacement would be sent out as soon as possible. I am very satisfied with how they handled the situation and will be a returning customer going forward in the future. This was a very good first impression with the company. Truly a company who goes above and beyond for its customers."
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Seth Tebockhorst

star yellow iconstar yellow iconstar yellow iconstar yellow iconstar yellow icon 3 months ago

"Very positive purchasing experience. I went back on forth via email with a single person who understood my questions and provided thoughtful answers and suggestions (most of which would lower the price of the computer). As an example of the kind of customer service they provide, they offered to pre-wire the machine for an additional hard or have me mail it in to them to install with the build (they offered to same for my old sound card). I went with the pre-wire for the hard drive and it was done neatly and in a way that was very easy for me to access and plop my hard drive in. They sent a good amount of documentation including helpful tips on setting up the computer and a usb recovery drive. What is clear from my experience is that they really try to go the extra mile and I have nothing but positive things to say."
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Jason

From Philadelphia, PA

star yellow iconstar yellow iconstar yellow iconstar yellow iconstar yellow icon 3 months ago

"This is my second computer purchase from Puget--my first was almost nine years ago. Nine years ago I had a different job, a different car, a different waist size...

Not everything that you buy lasts. Sometimes that's okay. The batteries in your TV remote won't last long. But when you really spend on something, you'd prefer to benefit from it for years to come.

Puget systems are built to last. The assembly, quality control, and attention to detail (among other things) are to thank. When you purchase a computer from Puget, one of the checkpoints is literally "Clean any smudges from the chassis". C'mon. Buy from Puget."
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Lewis Shumway

star yellow iconstar yellow iconstar yellow iconstar yellow iconstar yellow icon 3 months ago

"This is my first experience with Puget. My previous computer was also a custom built one. That company went out of business, so after 6 years when I had a problem they were not around to help me fix the problem. My new computer from Puget is custom built for photography. It is very fast, very quiet and so far is exactly what I needed. I have nothing but good things to say about the people that I worked with in getting my computer built and running in my home office. I especially appreciated the time Puget took as we designed a computer just for me. I appreciate that Puget took the time to see that each component met the specs. They actually found that one component did not and swapped it out for a good one. You can imagine how sad I would have been if that problem had surfaced after the computer was being used in my home office. I am counting on them being around should problems crop up in the future."
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