Origin PC Offers Ready-To-Ship Gaming Systemby Jarred Walton on November 22, 2011 2:33 PM EST
We've only had the opportunity to look at one Origin PC so far, and while the performance was impressive the packaging was equally so—Dustin had to struggle to get the large wooden crate into his place. Origin does have some seriously high-end (almost ludicrously so) PCs that you can put together if you're willing to shell out, but some people just want a reasonably high-end PC that's ready to go with a minimum of fuss. And if you're thinking of getting something for the holiday season, a ready-to-ship system could be exactly what you need. Enter the Origin Millennium RTS.
Origin states that it will ship within one day of your payment being processed, and what you'll get is a pretty high-end setup ready to run all the latest and greatest games. Here's a quick rundown of the specs—the only area you can customize on the RTS build is the warranty.
|Origin Millennium RTS Specifications|
Bitfenix Shinobi Red/Black
|Processor||Intel Core i5-2500K overclocked to 4.0-4.5GHz|
|Cooling||Origin Frostbyte 120 Sealed Liquid Cooling|
|Motherboard||ASUS P8P67 Pro B3 stepping|
|Memory||2x4GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600|
|Graphics||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB GDDR5|
|Power Supply||Corsair 1050W HX1050|
|Storage||Corsair Force 3 120GB SATA 6Gbps SSD|
|Optical Drive||24x CDRW/DVDRW|
|Networking||Onboard Gigabit Ethernet|
|Audio||Onboard Realtek ALC892 HD Audio|
|Operating System||Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit|
Standard 1-year part replacement
45 day free shipping
Lifetime phone support
Upgrade to 1-, 2-, or 3-year warranty with free shipping
|Pricing||$1,799 online, ships in one day from payment processing|
If you're like me, the first thing you're going to do when you see the above list is to go spec out how much it would cost you to put everything together yourself. Never fear, I have already done that (substituting the Corsair H80 for the Origin cooler, as that seems to be similar), and my total price for the parts comes to $1,675, plus around $30 for shipping (with pricing predominantly coming from Newegg, linked for your convenience).
We might have a few quibbles with the parts selection—specifically, I'd like to see a large secondary HDD included, and while the Bitfenix Shinobi is a good case I'd be more inclined to go with a Fractal Design Define R3 personally—but overall this is a beefy gaming system priced just $100 over what it would cost for me to put together the same system. In fact, my own gaming/work PC is running a stock GTX 580 with a Core i7 CPU, and even with a 30" LCD I've found that the GTX 580 is able to handle nearly every game I've got at near-maximum details. Given that my time (and your time) isn't free, if you're happy with the part selections and you want your new gaming system ASAP, we have no qualms about recommending Origin's latest offering.
Source: Origin PC Marketing
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psouza4b - Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - linkDoes that cost include Windows software licensing and/or warranty?
JarredWalton - Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - linkThe "comparative cost" includes the Windows 7 OEM OS and the default warranties offered by all the component manufacturers (which in many cases are more than the 1-year Origin warranty, but obviously you'd have to deal with multiple suppliers).
ananduser - Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - linkOf course. The OC-ed CPU included, which is the most risk prone component in this build.
Voldenuit - Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - linkNot the most cost-effective gaming build component-wise and with OEM markup.
I imagine most AT readers will pass it over.
JarredWalton - Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - linkI don't know... I've got a GTX 580 and while you could get more potential GPU power for less money (e.g. 2x GTX 560 Ti), the joy of using a single GPU and not getting bogged down in SLI or CrossFire craziness is hard to beat -- this coming from someone who has used CrossFire setups from the 3870 through the 4870X2 and 5870 before switching to a single GTX 580. Everywhere else, the component selections are pretty reasonable, though obviously tailored more for high-end users (e.g. the PSU is more than sufficient for powering a second GTX 580 if you want to go SLI).
Roland00Address - Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - linkWould Origin void the warranty if you add a second graphic card or more harddrive space?
vanadiel - Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - linkWhile it is true the PSU is more that sufficient for powering a second GTX 580 if you want to go SLI, the motherboard used in this build is not SLI capable...
vanadiel - Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - linkNevermind that, I can't follow the red lines on pictures well today.
Craig234 - Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - linkWonder why the marketing info says 'SLI ready'.
KoolAidMan1 - Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - linkTo be fair, ATI is a driver nightmare compared to NVIDIA. ;)