Boutique system builder Origin PC is celebrating its official 5-year anniversary since launching its online store, during which time it's released 20 products and won over 25 awards and accolades. More recently, Origin PC trotted out new cases for its Millennium mid-tower and Genesis full-tower PCs, and for a limited time, you can purchase either chassis by itself. It's the first time Origin PC has offered up cases for sale.
Check out footage of this cool, revolutionary chassis
In this video, Gordon walks you through Origin PC’s Genesis. The Genesis features the company’s custom designed and modular chassis that lets the builder add a bottom slice with additional radiators or hard drives as well as the capability to mount the motherboard tray in four orientations including reversing the tray and window. It’s truly a unique and dare we say it—revolutionary approach to case design. And yes, just like custom systems from other vendors, you can get the case—you just have to buy entire system and gut the parts. The case isn’t quite perfect though so Gordon walks you through what works and what doesn't. And no, despite what Gordon seems to imply, you can’t actually change the orientation of the motherboard willy nilly. That’s done when you order the machine and when it’s being built.
First cases to feature four-way motherboard mounting options
Boutique builder Origin PC introduced a couple of new cases this week at CES, and in doing so, it flipped traditional case design on its head (quite literally). Origin PC's new Millennium (mid-tower) and Genesis (full-tower) cases are the first ever to allow for the motherboard to be mounted in four different orientations: Standard ATX, Inverted ATX, 90 degrees, or Inverted 90 degrees.
You don't have to be a spendthrift to shop a system from a boutique builder. That's not to say you can't still configure a professionally built system that costs as much as a Kia, it's just no longer required. Even liquid cooling setups are fair game for frugal enthusiasts. Enter Origin PC's new Frostbyte 360 liquid cooling system (LCS). Origin PC claims it's reaching speeds up to 5.2GHz using the Frostbyte 360, and starting at $1,599 you can grab a Genesis system configured with the new cooler.
Not all boutique system builders have the stomach to overclock, let alone selling a system that's been pushed to 5.7GHz. Not only is Origin PC boosting its top-tier factory overclock option on its Genesis desktop line, but it will be backed by lifetime 24/7 technical support for no additional cost, a change in support policy that applies to all Origin PC desktops and laptops.
Assuming you decide to build a new PC around Intel's Sandy Bridge-E platform or upgrade your existing rig to X79, one thing you won't have to worry about is finding quad-channel memory kits. Plenty of memory makers have stepped to the plate with four and eight DIMM kits, including Kingston, which launched a range of quad-channel HyperX Genesis DDR3 kits in 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB capacities.
If we asked you to name three boutique PC vendors, we’re pretty sure that Origin PC wouldn’t make your list. Hell, you’ve probably never even heard the name Origin PC.
But that’s to be expected. The company has only been selling PCs since November. That’s not a lot of time to jump into a game dominated by the likes of Falcon Northwest, Digital Storm, and Maingear.
Origin PC isn’t just a typical startup, though. The three founders of the company are ex-patriots of one of the oldest names in gaming PCs: Alienware. That’s the old Alienware, too, before it was sucked into the Dell mothership and relocated to Austin, Texas.
Feeling morally torn over the questionable legality of all those Sega ROMs you've been playing with? Starting June 1st, you'll be able to purchase the first batch of Genesis games coming to Steam and sleep much more soundly at night. At launch, these will include:
Ecco the Dolphin
Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi
Sonic 3D Blast
Space Harrier II
Pricing will start at $2.99 and go up from there, though Steam didn't say exactly how high it would go. Still, that's not bad considering you'll pay $8 each on the Wii. Other popular Genesis games are rumored to be coming to Steam, however nothing has yet been confirmed.
Move over Alienware, Voodoo PC, Hypersonic, Maingear, BFG, Widow PC, Falcon Northwest, Velocity Micro, Vigor Gaming, Apple (sike!), Overdrive PC, Digital Storm, and any other vendor of high-end gaming PCs we may have left out, and make way for Origin, the newest custom gaming PC maker on the block.
Origin makes its debut with a pair of flashy looking systems, the Genesis desktop and EON18 notebook. To set the systems part, Origin has teamed with Killer Paint to offer custom paint jobs and airbrushed designs, including custom requests. Cost of entry for the desktop starts at about $1,600 for an AMD Phenom II-based system, $1,700 for Core i5, or about $2,000 to jump up to Core i7. That buys you a 750W Corsair power supply, EVGA GTX 260 videocard, 4GB of DDR3-1333 memory, a 320GB hard drive, and a few other odds and ends.
Hit the jump to see what else Origin has in store and what prominent figure gives the vendor his thumbs up.