|Founded||Kent, Washington (2000)|
Puget Systems is a custom computer business based in Auburn, Washington. They operate primarily through their website, and sell a mixture of custom and preconfigured computers including laptops, desktops, and servers. The business was founded by Jon Bach in 2000.
Puget Systems was founded by Jon Bach, a student at the University of Washington, in 2000 under the name Puget Sound Systems. The business was named for the Puget Sound region in which it is located, but the name caused confusion about their services and was changed to Puget Custom Computers for clarity early in the firm's life. In early 2008, it was shortened to Puget Systems.
Puget focuses on building custom computer systems with an emphasis on quiet performance. The company caters to home users and gamers as well as specialists who need a computer tailored to their needs, such as video editing or day trading. Puget offers baffling and high quality fans to reduce sound levels, which has become their specialty.
Along with custom systems, Puget also sells a range of preconfigured computers, with names indicative of their purpose (e.g., the Deluge is water-cooled and the Genesis is optimized for content creation).
In 2007, Puget built a computer submerged in mineral oil. The project was inspired by similar computers submerged in vegetable oil, which provides very even cooling but has the disadvantages of being translucent yellow and going rancid after a few months. The mineral oil used for this project is clear and does not decay. Oil has a high specific heat capacity, so it takes this computer approximately twelve hours of operation to reach its peak temperature of eighty degrees Celsius. A radiator and pump can be attached to lower the temperature significantly. After more than a year of reported use, the only minor problem indicated was from oil wicking into peripherals and making a mess. While Puget does not sell mineral oil computers, they provide a construction tutorial on their website.
- Puget Custom Computers (2008). "About Us".
- Tim Gnatek (November 1, 2006). "Customizing: For Specialized Users, a PC Concierge to Meet Your Needs". The New York Times.
- Nilay Patel (May 12, 2007). "Puget Custom Computer's mineral-oil-cooled PC". Engadget.