Being a PC System Builder is EASY MONEY… right?

Becoming a PC system builder super easy right buy parts on Newegg Borrow a folding table from your mom download pirated Windows to save a buck and put an ad on Craigslist I mean how could potential customers resist? Well, like anything, It’s not as simple as it looks from the outside Puget Systems’ workstations and gaming computers might not be obviously different from any other, PC But I can pretty much guarantee that every one of you will see something inside there, Auburn Washington headquarters that you weren’t expecting [Intro] Song: Lazlo Supernova Our story begins well in the bathroom actually I Mean what it’s a long drive down here from Vancouver? so for real though any system starts with configuration We’ve all seen that stupid post on a forum with like a ten thousand dollar machine Where you can tell that obviously it was just a list of all the most expensive components and every drop down on PC part picker glued together And then it’s like hey guys is this good for gaming, and it’s just like yeah Yeah, it’ll run Crysis or whatever But in many cases it would actually be slower than a system that costs a fraction as much So in what they call the Lab Puget technicians look at real-world workloads for their workstations like Unreal Engine Unity, Autodesk and Adobe Premiere and After Effects to determine what hardware hits the sweet spot for price to performance Because as we discovered when we were trying to measure the benefits of a 128 gigs of system ram here Reading outdated forum posts doesn’t work as a way to configure a system I mean Adobe After Effects went from scaling across Multi CPU Xeon systems three years ago to now Puget recommends you throw in a quad core and call it a day and with this knowledge Puget designs the purpose-built systems that you can find on their site and trains their technology consultants so-called because they don’t get a commission for how much you spend and This is also where they find the weird bugs One new CPU was crashing after about 10 seconds in Adobe Premiere with the warp stabiliser effect enabled Well it ended up being a motherboard issue that has since been fixed with a new BIOS that anyone can download And if you think that’s cool it actually gets better. Instead of protecting all of their knowledge and keeping it behind closed doors Puget publishes a ton of the work that they do in here through the article section of their website it was actually a Puget article that helped me diagnose the unexpectedly poor video encoding performance on my 22 core Xeon in this video here and today alone Matt here released four articles about the After Effects Premiere and Photoshop performance of Skylake X versus Threadripper so go check them out if you’re a Creative Cloud user next stop the warehouse all the inventory that they need to smooth out delivery during periods of oh I don’t know. Let’s say high GPU demand due to MINING get stored along this back Wall here and if you appreciate simple professional design, you’ll feel right at home here there’s a wonderful selection of black cases black power supplies black coolers and brown coolers with no RGB in sight and Oooo~ This cabinet looks Alrighty then So from there the inventory management and purchasing team picks out the components for each system and puts them into a bin for the assembly team Every machine whether it’s a basic gaming box, a 3d animation workstation or a quad socket data-crunching tower for scientific research Gets hand-built by a single technician who is responsible for adhering to puget strict quality standards. Every screw needs to be tightened every port needs to be connected and While, you won’t find any hard line Water-cooled battle stations here they do adhere to strict standards when it comes to cable management All of this gets checked first by another tech, then by QA in the hot room So-called because even in the winter all the burning testing that they do in here keeps it pretty toasty how toasty exactly though well after being loaded up with an operating system and software that’s specific to the type of workstation being built for validation at one of the two epic 16 monitor battle stations in the very center of Puget’s facility each System gets its thermals measured through software at idle and full load using something like Prime95 and Furmark as well as through hardware using a FLIR thermal camera so any abnormal hot spots can be located and Diagnosed it was actually partly Puget’s testing that determined that many reports of X299 motherboard VRM failures were being caused by accidental Overclocking due to misconfigured turbo boost 3.0 profiles it’s also in here that acoustics and system benchmarks are compared against an internal database of Thousands of other systems to ensure that everything is behaving normally speaking from experience This next bit is one of the most difficult problems for any system builder to solve Shipping PCI slots were originally designed for cards that looked more like this Not for the multi pound copper monstrosities that are so common today That’s why Puget has their own laser cutter where they fabricate all kinds of things vanity plates for motherboards and AIO liquid coolers this actually kind of sexy looking prototype case and perhaps most importantly all manner of support brackets for their systems The old way was to stuff them full of expanding foam, but it turns out that Customers would sometimes call them years later my system makes a ticking noise, and it runs really hot What can I do and they’d be like oh? Uhhh You should take out the foam that’s been in there all this time So with braces like this everything is ready to go out of the box with no intervention needed from the customer and they look kind of cool to every system is packed with care and comes with a little booklet chock full of information about Puget’s team tips for getting started like login instructions for Linux systems screenshots of the recommended BIOS settings benchmarks thermals and even ah Baby photos of your new PC But don’t think for a second that that last one is all about sentimentality it turns out that it’s an invaluable Troubleshooting tool if you call in like two years later wanting to put in another hard drive And they want to walk you through where to plug everything in Which I guess brings us to tech support Physically to tech support both phone support and physical upgrades and repairs are handled here in Seattle by a team That’s trained by the lab folks upstairs to be familiar each one of them with both basic Hardware diagnosis And at least one software specialty like content creation engineering or scientific so if you call in Chances are there will be someone who knows what you’re talking about so at the end of the day We wouldn’t do a sponsored piece like this with just any system builder because it’s pretty easy for it to come across as an endorsement But we’ve known these guys for a long time. I’m actually ok with that The biggest thing is that Puget isn’t drinking their own kool-aid they don’t pretend that their computer is made of some kind of magic that makes it perform better than an identical box that you built yourself with the same components and they don’t refer to benchmarking components that work and assembling systems as Engineering they believe that their value is right there in the mission statement, that’s vinyl on the wall And that’s something that I can get behind So thanks for watching guys if you dislike this video you can hit that button But if you liked it hit the like button get subscribed maybe consider checking out where to buy the stuff we featured at the link below also down There is our merch store, which has cool shirts like this one and our community forum, which you should totally join It’s probably also going to be a link to Float plane, which by the way we were joking we’re joking he’s working on floatplane He doesn’t work at Puget. Let’s just let’s get that covered okay



  • Nice ad.

  • He didn’t wash his hands after flushing

  • I reckon in that vault is a ton's worth of RGB lighting and connections ??

  • LOL Runescape rocks for the mining comment.

  • did i just watch a 10 minute ad…

  • 2:48 That thermal paste…

  • Oh look…It's Luke!? Why gosh, it's Luke once more? Yet, again…that's a Luke… Again, Luke, now looking like he absolutely does not want to be on that phone! Almost done, Nope, let's all just drive away with Luke..oh and I guess Linus. 😉 #TheManyWorkFacesofLuke

  • lol 8:43

  • cant tell if the guy at 8:52 is a hipster or a rabbi

  • There is no {LOL}

  • 0:55 this mother fucker is wearing socks and sandals! Why?!?

  • It's an incredibly risky and difficult business especially when you custom build. It's part of what I do for a living. One good strategy is have the customer pay you an investment deposit of 60-65% of the total costs up front. This makes it very unlikely they will cancel at the very last second and leave you with a bunch of parts you need to quickly sell before they lose value completely, or build a PC with them and find a buyer quickly. What makes it especially difficult is the manufacturer's warranty, which runs out regardless of whether you used the part or it's been sitting in a box on your shelf for a whole year.

  • I saw this video and took my most expensive part list down.

    And then I made this:

  • I was a PC builder for years and it sucked.

  • What about computer technician?

  • Did he even wash his hands? He walked out of the restroom very shortly after flushing the toilet.

  • …yeah…

    I'm not paying them 1000$ in labour for their presumed 'quality testing' for a Gigabyte X299, i9, 2060 with Crucia 32gig and a fuckin' 500gig sata ssd with a single 120mm radiator cooler.

  • It’s literally just an ad

  • The issue with stuff like that is that you spend extra money on their work when you could have bought a better cpu and Gpu combo. I m sure they do great work but I’d rather spend an afternoon buying / assembling / installing stuff on my pc and have my config last another 2 years with the saved up budget. Ok I take it back these guys are only working on professional work stations, in which case it can make sense to spend extra dollars as it s a tool used to make money on rather than an entertainment platform. But my comment still applies for most pc assemblers.

  • That is what we call in the biz a Luke-a-like

  • How did linus sold separately didnt make it to roast!!!???

  • LUKE

  • @8:10 When did Luke start working for Puget Systems??

  • What was in the safe tho?

  • An entire video by canadians for a service only available in the usa… thanks for wasting time i could have been using to play hockey -_-

  • Dang, now I'm really proud to live in Washington let alone close to Seattle!

  • the computers are ridiculously overpriced like an i5 pc for over a 2 grand wtf

  • You know… I expect a Canadian YouTube channel to be sponsored by companies that I can at least buy in Canada.

  • runescape gold ore xD

  • They are doing all the fun 🙁

  • Yeah, bro, it's super easy and everyone can do it lmao.

  • I dunno if this was intentional, but I spent the entire episode looking for Luke in the background

  • More like slavery

  • 2200$ for a 9600k+2060 system

    . What a fucking joke

  • Is this Walmart

  • This why you have linus explain then go to thair website copy builds and you are fine!!! And pc building is nothing proprietary just copy thair recepi that they spend money to do and you have them work for you for free and they dont eve notice it gj gj !!

  • This isn’t the video I clicked for

  • So what’s in the cabinet?

  • 7:10 finally a good solution for gpus sagging

  • These guys seem SUPER cool! I definitely want to check them out! Thanks so much for this vid, Linus!

  • Linus sold separately

  • Good point with "throw in a quad core"…….so why care about a 2600x at this time, when the 3200G performance about the same in single to quad core for quite some less money. So safe some bugs to spent on better graphics, go for the 3200G instead (less power consumption as well) and wait until it´s bigger brothers get cheaper next year or the year after, when new gens arrived.

  • I love that RuneScape reference

  • 0:39 – 0:47 I can appreciate a good animated opening, that was very well done.

  • Its very easy money if your more than happy to scam people. If you want to give people the best part's/service it is dam hard to make it.

  • Luke Photo bombing it all.

  • I literally did exactly what he described at the beginning and then they recommended this lol

  • Huh, nice.

  • 2.49. X marks the spot

  • Been a pc builder for 6 months at a company at an internship. I actually got told to work faster and less check details to get the PCs out the door (before [x] time ordered, next day delivery). They legit used zipties to tie the PCI cable to the 24pin in order to keep it suspended. And sometimes even white zipties

  • gotta give it to linus, where ever he goes on a techy trip, he is always so knowledgable about the stuff he is at.

  • didnt know that luke was working there… "as a stand in" Did you recrute him there lol…??

  • nope its never been easy…

  • Hope you weren't knocking Noctua fans at 3:56


  • so i go to their website and look at the "Deluge A2" build with an rtx 2080… they charge $3217.19… I put the EXACT same parts into PC Part picker and the total only comes out to $1882.86…. They're almost doubling the price of these builds, which are ugly as hell… Just to make a profit off of people who dont want to build it themselves… smh.

  • pretty good video and showcase of a computer builder and company.

  • Im not joking when I say I would be sold if I had 2.5k lying around ?

  • This is literally my dream job

  • 3:39 unexpected runescape


  • I don't live in America,
    I can't work yet because I'm only 14
    And this is all I really want to do.
    My life is hard.

  • 8:10 Man realiable tech support is undervalued.
    I mean, when was the last time you call wasn't with someone in India using a shitty VOIP?

  • In the 1990's and early 2000's I used to mark then up by 50%, people wanted someone to hold their hand when buying and look after them afterwards.

  • You build PC's? Get a real job!

  • thumbs down G WTF

  • I went to their website to look at their prices….insane….they are 225% of retail.

  • Never heard of Puget Systems before, but I'm seriously considering them for my next system with the amazing QA they put into their builds. Thanks for sharing Linus!


  • I love building pcs but now i had quitted my hobby its been 3 years i left it cuz of work

  • gotta love luke just popping up almost every scene

  • Has LTT done a quad GPU video? If not, I want.

  • Right!

  • OR you can just buy a mac and everything just works. And works much better with much worse specs, by the way.

  • 80% of the excitement for my new full PC upgrade is putting it together. Building PCs is just so fun 😀

  • Puget was always the top tier , always nice when I asked questions.

  • Waaaaay to expensive for what your getting

  • I wish I could work there

  • I live in Washington too dang

  • Did you participate in an ad?

  • Mining gold ore. Nice.

  • Who says PC system builder tho

  • Did Luke really work there?

  • Puget Systems is a fantastic company all around. The people there are all amazing and the builds are all made with care.

  • Ltt PC

  • I just watched 9:43 min commercial

  • Hey I live in Auburn lol

  • So it’s me who has a Xeon but only has a market value of $5

  • I think you should do a revisit on what this place is upto in 2020.

  • IBM sold the first computers to Germany in the 30ies so that Jews and other slaves could be accounted for. Each slave was issued a number that was tattooed on there arm. These days they don't need a tattoo and should Canada or the USA want to closely track population it could be implanted or inhaled.

  • Yay, Linus can probably redo the budget 64core system

  • It would be nice if Linus could do a 4-64 core threadripper cpu with maxed out graphics

  • @4:12 yooo did Luke get a new job? hahaha

  • Really like this Noise.

  • Kind of a sausage fest at that company.

  • Weird, I think I met Linus in the grocery store but didn't know it was him… I just googled him to see if he meant he drove from Vancouver, BC and what do you know, he's from scurvy lol. Cool guy.

  • is this an infomercial?

  • Whoa. Clicked on one of their builds and saw a 9700k with a 2060super build for 2600. Clicked right off as I was looking at a similar build for half the price on pcpartpicker, with most parts from Newegg.

  • Can i Build and buy PC Parts One by One while Saving Money? I don't care if it took a Year… Saving money.

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