Puget Systems Serenity Gaming PC Review

Posted: April 6, 2011
Puget Systems Serenity Gaming PC Review

The Puget Systems Serenity PC proves that power doesn't always mean loud and hot. With its cooler, quieter machine, the Serenity offers an Antec P180 case, the latest Intel Sandy Bridge Processor, 8GB of RAM and lifetime labor/tech support for $1,800. Chris Hardwick and Candace Bailey review the Serenity gaming PC.

What You Need to Know

  • The PC is a little under 2’ tall and only 8” wide
  • One of the main reasons Puget Systems used this case is because they can make it practically silent, even when you're playing games and it's amazing how quiet it is
  • We even brought in a decibel meter just to see how loud it is; this is easily the quietest gaming PC we've ever reviewed
  • It's got a lot of padding in the case to make it quiet, and the fans spin slower than usual, but we didn't have any problems with overheating at all while we were playing
  • It's just as you'd expect on the inside, clean and organized
  • Dropping in another video card is easy, but adding RAM might be kind of tough, since some of the slots are under the giant heatsink
  • The 3DMark 11 Gaming Benchmark scored lower than we would have wanted, but it wasn't bad by any stretch of the imagination
  • We had no problems playing new games like Homefront; we maxed out all the settings and it played beautifully
  • Even though the benchmarks scored low, we're confident this rig will be great for at least a couple years


  • Motherboard - Asus P8P67-M Pro
  • CPU - Intel Core i5 2500K QUAD CORE 3.3GHz 95W
  • Ram - Kingston 8GB DDR3-1333 (2x4GB)
  • Video Card - EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1024MB
  • Hard Drive - Western Digital Caviar Black 1.0TB SATA 6 Gb/s (Primary drive)
  • CD / DVD - Asus 24x DVD-RW Lightscribe SATA (black)
  • Case - Antec Mini P180 (Black)
  • Power Supply - Seasonic X-560 (SS-560KM Active PFC F3)
  • CPU Cooling - Gelid Tranquillo
  • Additional Cooling - Case Fans Upgrade Kit (quiet)
  • Case Mods - Antec Mini P180 Serenity Quiet Modification Package & AcoustiPack Acoustic Composite Sheet Package
  • OS - Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OEM
  • Services - Warranty: Lifetime Labor, 1 Year Parts, CPU Overclocking
  • Total price: $1797


  • It's about $1,800, which is much cheaper than the Falcon on Monday (which was $2,500)

Overall Rating

  • 4 Seals of Approval Out of 5 (How do we rate gadgets?)
  • Even though the performance is a little lacking, it's extremely affordable, and incredibly quiet

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  • kale123

    The falcon cry was an excellent touch.

    Posted: April 11, 2011 8:16 PM
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  • Fdbrice

    Video says 4 out of 5. Description says 5 out of 5. Who do I believe!?

    Posted: April 6, 2011 8:50 PM