Its been a little over a month now since I received my Puget system, so I thought I would offer some observations.
- this is my first 'custom' PC; the other four (over the last 21 years) were either off- brands, or Dell. The Puget system replaced a Dell XPS Gen4 that I had for the last six years.
- performance is all that I expected for an Intel 2600K w/8G ram and the EVGA 560Ti video card. I did not include a SSD in the build; still a bit pricey. Maybe an upgrade in a couple of years to take advantage of the Z68 motherboard.
- it is too quiet! (joking!!) Now I can here the electrical whine from my router, which sits on top of the Puget case about three feet away. Running some benchmarks like 3DMark11, I did get the video fan speed up enough to make some noticeable noise. In daily use - dead quiet.
- temperatures for the motherboard/CPU and the video card are fine - no concerns at all.
- this was a 'custom air cooled' build, with all the added options to make it as quiet as possible.
Asus P8Z68-V Pro Motherboard
Intel Core i7 2600K QUAD CORE 3.4GHz 95W CPU
2 x Kingston DDR3-1333 4096MB Ram
EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1024MB Video Card
Western Digital Caviar Black 1.0TB SATA 6 Gb/s Hard Drive
Asus 24x DVD-RW Lightscribe SATA (black) CD / DVD Rom
Antec P183 V3 (Gunmetal Finish) Case
Antec CP-850 850W Power Supply Power Supply
Gelid Tranquillo Rev2 CPU Cooling
Case Fans Upgrade Kit (quiet)
Antec P183 General Quiet Modification Package
AcoustiPack Acoustic Composite Sheet Package
Scythe Quiet Drive for 3.5 inch Internal HDD
Windows 7 Professional 64-bit OEM SP1
- I was a little nervous about shipping to the East Coast, so Puget threw in a CardKeeper for the video card. Probably not needed for just one expansion card, but peace of mind for me. (thanks to Jeff for his patience and advice; I went through quite a few configurations before landing on the 'one' that fit need and budget)
- setup was easy - but DO read the notes that come with the binder!
- noted before that this was my first 'custom' PC, so registering the component parts was something new. The vendor contact information in the binder along with the serial numbers from the invoice made warranty registration simple. I was able to upload the PDF of my invoice to EVGA as a part of the registration process.
Thanks to all the folks at Puget who did the build/test/ship of this system.