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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.

Read the full review here.

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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Peter Heyde dba Mad Good

From Marietta, NY

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

"Did you ever call technical support for a major computer manufacturer and swear you were talking to someone in a crowded train station in Bombay, India? Did you understand every word they spoke while they "thanked you so much" for everything but solved nothing after 7 hours and a couple two, three disconnects and start overs. I am a DJ in upstate, NY. About 4 years ago, I knew I was going to need a new reliable computer to do audio production and presentation, and I was all done with the Computer Biggie's blues. I knew nothing of custom computers so I did a lot of research, and everything pointed to Puget Systems. I too thought that they sounded "too good to be true". I spent some time on the phone talking to their sales and technical service dept, but the thing that sealed the deal for me is their LIFETIME!!!! free technical support with an actual person who's primary language is English. I'll let you in on a little secret, this computer had some display problems that were difficult to diagnose and solve when I first got it. I sent it back twice, but they couldn't duplicate the issue thus they tried possible fixes that worked for awhile then more problems. The third time I sent it back (technically out of warranty) they paid overnight shipping round trip from New York to Auburn, Washington, and didn't charge me for anything. See if one of the biggies can say they do that. The second It came back, I knew I was using the best computer I ever owned. Over time, I've quadrupled the RAM, added a 2T second internal drive for my music library and grudgingly said goodbye to Windows 7 x 64 bit. I did the upgrades/installations myself, but before, during and after the upgrades, I called MY Puget tech team for specifications, compatibility and install/usage guidance. They were right there then, and they're right there now. I'll let you in on another little secret. This computer was spec'ed and built to process and play music and videos. It's getting close to 5 years old, and I'll soon be needing to spec the latest and greatest in a rack mount application. It just so happens that in talking to their tech team, I learned that they are focusing on developing just that type of setup. I could build my own with what I've learned about computers but, honestly, It's a no brainer to me to not have their expertise, warranty and more lifetime tech support. It just can't get any better than that. Too good to be true, not so much, but true as true gets!"
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Carena Pooth

From Poughquag

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

"I would recommend Puget Systems to anyone looking for a computer that is built to meet their specific needs AND built to last.
I purchased a custom system from Puget in August 2014. I wanted to wait a while before writing a review. Well, here we are 3 years later and I am finally writing that review:
I could not have had a better experience. Before I found Puget Systems, I had been buying computers since the 1980s, always well known computer brands. That was not a bad approach for the most part, but I now knew that I wanted a system that had the performance I needed for my workflow without the unnecessary bells & whistles aimed at gamers and without all the bloatware that comes with most computers from the big brands. At the same time, I wanted to feel comfortable that I was making the right hardware and software choices and that I'd have the necessary support if something went wrong.
So I started researching my options online and came upon Puget Systems. I was impressed by the detailed information they provided on their website -- not only about their product, but about their company, their philosophy, and their people (those PEOPLE are a huge part of their success). In addition, there was a ton of information about computers on their website. This information helped me understand what I really needed to focus on to best meet my needs. I started configuring a system and was impressed with their dedicated support during the sales process. William George was very responsive to my many questions via email, making recommendations on what I'd need without overselling in any way. In fact, he convinced me to scale back my choices on a couple of things in order to save me some money. Once we had settled on all the specifics, I loved getting photos of the system before it was shipped. Even more, I loved getting a binder with photos, a video, and excellent documentation and test results for MY unique system when the computer arrived. I still have that binder right next to the computer, so that it's handy when something breaks. But nothing has broken and I've had no need to contact Puget. The system is still performing very well. The Puget website is still chock full of useful information that was never presented by other sellers when i bought other systems.
The biggest risk for me to consider was that Puget is so far away and if something went wrong with the hardware I could be stuck for a while. I was given the option to purchase an onsite support contract. But I had decent backup systems, both online and offline, and another computer I could switch to in a pinch, so I decided not to buy the additional insurance. Fortunately, I have not had a need to test my backup scheme in spite of my heavy use of the system for the past 3 years.
I repeat:
I would recommend Puget Systems to anyone looking for a computer that is built to meet their specific needs AND built to last."
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Kendra Yourtee

From Seattle

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

"System arrived early, in pristine condition. The cable work was the best I've ever seen! And the problems I had (which I caused) were swiftly fixed. The customer support is top notch.

Seriously, this is a GREAT experience. Kudos to Puget Systems."
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Ned White

From Lake View PLT

star yellow iconstar yellow iconstar yellow iconstar yellow iconstar yellow icon 4 months ago

"This is my fourth testimonial for the same PC which was bought in January 2012. nearing 6 years ! It is still strong and problem free.
I allowed a friend of a neighbor use my PC once. He is a senior IT support at the University of Maine (Orono) He sat down in my chair looked up at the PC that was firing up and stared in amazement at it's beauty and design. He said : "wow ! where did you get this?" Honestly folks, I can't imagine buying a PC from any other company. Their customer service is far and beyond any CS i have ever dealt with anywhere, for anything, ever. I had a problem that was nothing to do with the PC but, related to software that I had installed. I called them for help. I gave them remote control of PC and the technician quickly fixed my problem. I don't have the words to express how remarkable this company is."
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Sai Nayar

From Springfield MO

star yellow iconstar yellow iconstar yellow iconstar yellow iconstar yellow icon 6 months ago

"I just received my Puget System PC today. I must say that from start to finish it has been an incredible experience. Never have I experienced such top notch customer service! Emails are answered promptly. The meticulous detail involved in the builds are impressive. I had a lot of customization requirements and all was accomplished without difficulty. I had a previous frustrating experience with another large PC builder and while they tried to do the best they could I ran into a lot of difficulties and the lack of communication was a major issue. No problems like that here. I feel that if I do run into problems I can easily get the answer from Puget Systems and have full confidence in them. They really make you feel special and the transparency with giving you all the details of the build as its happening as well as pictures of the bios and of your system with thermal imaging etc is quite impressive. Also, the system is so quiet. I am thoroughly impressed with the company and Jeff Stubbers for all his help. I am a customer for life!

Sai"
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Alison Green

From Newport News, VA

star yellow iconstar yellow iconstar yellow iconstar yellow iconstar yellow icon 6 months ago

"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

star yellow iconstar yellow iconstar yellow iconstar yellow iconstar yellow icon 6 months ago

"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

star yellow iconstar yellow iconstar yellow iconstar yellow iconstar yellow icon 6 months ago

"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

star yellow iconstar yellow iconstar yellow iconstar yellow iconstar yellow icon 7 months ago

"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

star yellow iconstar yellow iconstar yellow iconstar yellow iconstar yellow icon 8 months ago

"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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