OBSIDIAN

Our most stable, reliable desktop.

Puget Systems Professional Advice

Jon Bach (President)
Jon Bach (President) Says:
This is one of my favorite PCs here at Puget Systems. All of our systems are reliable, but Obsidian is incredible. This is the PC I would buy for home or office. It isn't the cheapest, but if your PC goes down, how much is your time worth? For me, a more reliable PC is worth a LOT.
Jeff Stubbers (Mr. Customer Service)
Jeff Stubbers (Mr. Customer Service) Says:
We base our entire product line on low-failure rate components. The Puget Obsidian uses the most reliable of those components in one system. If you are looking for an exceedingly reliable system, this is it.
Brett Nordquist (Customer Happiness Engineer)
Brett Nordquist (Customer Happiness Engineer) Says:
When engineering the Obsidian, we asked ourselves, "What is the most reliable computer we can build?" Although all of our systems are reliable, the Obsidian takes it to the extreme with hand-picked parts from a small pool of components that have proven over time to be incredibly reliable.
Chris Stephens (Vice President - Operations)
Chris Stephens (Vice President - Operations) Says:
If I had to pick only one PC from Puget Systems this would be it. The selection of components on this system only includes our most reliable and the nearly non-existent failure rate for this system proves it.

Reviews from Reseller Ratings

Obsidian Media Coverage

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

Anandtech

November 30, 2011

Quote: ...what you get in return are simpler configuration options backed up by more careful, stricter component selection than you're liable to see from other boutiques and certainly way more than from a major vendor. ... What makes the Obsidian such a solid choice is the smart component selection all around. ... This system is cool, fast, and quiet.

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Anandtech

Anandtech

April 7, 2011

Quote: Taken at face value, the Puget Systems Obsidian is a reasonably solid enterprise-class tower. The very basic configuration keeps costs, power consumption, heat, and noise incredibly low. ... Ultimately, taken at face value the information we've seen from Puget Systems indicates their Obsidian is a highly reliable build that would be ideal for mission critical situations.

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Hardware Logic

Hardware Logic

December 5, 2006

Quote: At HardwareLogic, we'll always advocate building your own system whenever possible, but when that's not an option, we would absolutely recommend browsing Puget's website. While many OEMs focus either on rock bottom prices at the expense of quality control and customer service, or high end systems with extravagant price tags worthy of a second mortgage, Puget Custom Computers will give you the best of both worlds.

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HardOCP

HardOCP

November 17, 2005

Quote: Can $2600 get you a dual core processor, 2GB of RAM, a top-end video card, and backing from a quality company? We ordered a custom-built high-end computer from Puget Systems and subjected it to our systems evaluation program.

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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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Alison Green

From Newport News, VA

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"Puget systems made the process of purchasing a system very easy! I was looking into purchasing my first computer system. I am not very savy with all the components that go into a great system, but Puget walked me through it every step of the way. In particular, I worked with their representative Jeremy. I told him exactly what I wanted out of the system, as well as my budget. He came back with a few suggestions on what would best fit my needs. There was not any pressure at all throughout this process. I had every question and concern answered confidently. I will definitely go back to them for any computer needs in the future!"
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David Aslesen

From Orfordville, WI

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"This is the first one of three video workstations that I've bought in the last 10 years that is acceptably quiet. The other two I've bought from other vendors had fans that ended up sounding like tanks. I did go with the quiet fans and case modifications just to be sure, but it would probably be quiet even without those. Excellent, relevant research articles and advice. Fun to see the 'real-time' progress in assembly and test. Would definitely recommend."
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Paul Duncan

From Newfield, NY

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"My experience with Puget Systems has been the best in about 35 years of buying or building personal computers. Configuring a system on the web site was easy using the extensive information and expert recommendations for each component. The smart system designs optimize power, sound, and heat management. The detailed status updates as my system was being built was quite interesting--I got to virtually look over the shoulder as the build, configuration, test, and burn-in steps proceeded. All performance test results are available for viewing. My very well-packaged Serenity system arrived in perfect condition and powered up off the fast SSD drive (a first for me). It took less than a day to migrate 50,000 images and a few dozen applications and everything is working perfectly and quietly. I confidently recommend Puget Systems to anyone looking for a custom system in this class."
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Wayne Radochonski

From Bozeman, Montana

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"I purchased a Serenity system that dual boots Linux and Windows 10 about 18 months ago. I use this system for HDL simulation and firmware development. My system has been subjected to long flights, hot, humid climates and has been stressed very heavily; it has never failed despite the torture.

I had a few teething problems with Linux and the Intel SSD but the staff at Puget were very helpful keeping me productive. The Serenity is absolutely quiet. I seem able only to make the extra fan turn on when using MATLAB; it's hardly noticeable when running.

I pay the mortgage with this machine. Everything else (Dell, Lenovo, etc.) seems like a toy after you use a Puget system."
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Francis Speranza

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"When I first saw my new Puget next to my other computer it looked like a little guy sitting next to a weight lifter, what a unit. This is just the first couple of hours working with the Spirit and it is going well, extremely fast and soooo quite. This whole experience with Puget has been nothing short of excellent, right from talking to Wilson to get the build correct, to the status updates, to the professional binder that comes with the computer, to the excellent shipping and packaging to protect the computer during shipping. Excellent job!!!"
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Earl McFarland

From Palestine, TX.

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"To anyone out there that is thinking about buying a Puget computer. If you are undecided or if you think these testimonials were written by their employees to make the company look good, it wasn't. This testimonial was written by a real person that bought a computer from Puget, let me rephrase that, "computers made and sold by Puget are the best computers on the market." I knew the first day I bought the computer from Puget that I had made the right decision. Just think of that, two years with the same computer. These computers are durable, affordable, not bad looking and reliable. Like I said before if you're thinking about buying a Puget computer, it's a no-brainer. The computer I bought from Puget is a workhorse, it runs my business, my personal things, and everything else flawlessly. Now, two years later, without a doubt I know I made the right decision. These guys are phenomenal. I bought my new desktop computer two years ago, I started having trouble with a blue screen showing up a few days ago, I emailed technical support and told them what the problem was and sent them a picture of the screen and within 24 hours they had a solution, told me what to do, walked me through it. Now my computer is up and running like it did the first day I bought it. I cannot tell you how satisfied I am with these guys. Words cannot describe how truly wonderful it feels to be dealing with a company that is truly dedicated to their customers. Chad Warmenhoven, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart, you and everyone else from technical support are the greatest."
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Lanny

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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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