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Ex-Alienware Founder Launches Origin, New Rigs

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Origin has finally unveiled its first products--the GENESIS desktop and EON18 laptop--since Alienware co-founder Kevin Wasielewski left the company after Dell's Borg-like acquisition in 2006. Picking up the customization torch where the original Alienware left off, Wasielewski's new company has released a laptop and a desktop that speaks to the tweaker and gamer in all of us, promising layers of customization, aggressive design, personalized support and performance.

"Many boutique computer makers have lost their way, forgetting what’s important to gamers and becoming just another corporate entity," said Wasielewski, CEO/Co-Founder of ORIGIN PC. "ORIGIN is the return of the real gaming PC giving gamers exactly what they want with the most customizable, best performing, hand painted and hand built gaming PCs available."

The company has teamed up with popular third parties including Fatal1ty and Killer Paint, each bringing a unique perspective to every rig. The latter company, popular in the automotive business, will airbrush each chasis by hand with various colors including standard, metallic, and throw in cool artistic designs.

As for the rigs released today, the GENESIS desktop starts at a not-so-cheap $1,699 USD, offering dual or tri Nvidia or ATI video cards, overclocked CPUs, dual-layer Blu-ray disc burner, DDR3 2000 MHz RAM, and more. The Laptop, starting at a crazy $2,599, uses Intel's Core 2 Extreme processors, 8 GB dual channel DDR3 1333 MHz RAM, Dual Nvidia GeForce GTX 280M GPU, and more.

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    Shadow703793 , November 17, 2009 10:13 PM
    The flames look pretty neat on the laptop. Alas, just like Alienware, the stuff is over priced. How ever, I am interested in what kind of options they offer.
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    buwish , November 17, 2009 10:22 PM
    Better than the corporate model that is Alienware today.
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    Shadow703793 , November 17, 2009 10:13 PM
    The flames look pretty neat on the laptop. Alas, just like Alienware, the stuff is over priced. How ever, I am interested in what kind of options they offer.
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    tester24 , November 17, 2009 10:14 PM
    So he takes his overpriced business model from Alienware and slaps it with a high dollar paint job... Not interested...
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    buwish , November 17, 2009 10:22 PM
    Better than the corporate model that is Alienware today.
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    RazberyBandit , November 17, 2009 10:41 PM
    Bah. I had hopes a boutique would come onto the scene and NOT overprice everything just because it's "custom" or "hand-built" etc. Doesn't seem as though this is it. I'll stick to "hand-building" my own.
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    MRFS , November 17, 2009 10:47 PM
    Oooooo! FLAAAAAAMES!! Just what I need ... LOL!!


    MRFS
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    dankind64 , November 17, 2009 10:52 PM
    Just when you thought a boutique computer couldn't get more expensive. Introducing ORIGIN!!!
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    christop , November 17, 2009 10:53 PM
    turbo laptop!!!!!!
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    yang , November 17, 2009 11:11 PM
    way to destroy the sleek look of the obsidian
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    AMDnoob , November 17, 2009 11:20 PM
    i didnt think the desktop price was toooo bad of a deal. i mean dual cards, w/ blu ray drives, and OC'd CPU's (prolly intel i5/i7's) so 1700 isnt bad when you factor in a kick ass case, (hopefully) very good air system, and good wire management.
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    Regulas , November 17, 2009 11:41 PM
    "Wasielewski left the company after Dell's Borg-like acquisition in 2006"

    Priceless
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    Shnur , November 17, 2009 11:46 PM
    AMDnoobi didnt think the desktop price was toooo bad of a deal. i mean dual cards, w/ blu ray drives, and OC'd CPU's (prolly intel i5/i7's) so 1700 isnt bad when you factor in a kick ass case, (hopefully) very good air system, and good wire management.

    If you actually take in account the picture, it does looks like a case with multiple divisions for air cooling and it's possible to spot a watercooling completing everything.
    I think it's a good thing that there's an INDEPENDENT company like this one that would still exist, even though they're expensive and overpriced for most of the folks but it's still better than all the companies that prefer being "cheap" (like what Alienware had to become after Dell's acquisition and so did Voodoo PC) and not invest a lot of money to create new rigs that are always better than the old ones.
    Looking forward for theses to be nice, at least have something to dream about... we all can build a kickass i7 rig for under 2k, but we can't stamp a 2-3 years warranty and include a custom painting that will drive nuts our friend if they don't understand anything in computers.
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    AtuBrian , November 18, 2009 1:01 AM
    so over priced
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    liquidsnake718 , November 18, 2009 1:05 AM
    "I could easily do this in my country and hire an artist for a measly 50dollars.... my system would be able to match this system for a measly $1000-1200..... That being said.... its still ALOT cheaper to DIY.... The dual cards used and coolers and mb arent even mentioned for the price of $1700, I could even get a SSD with that.... I would assume this is a core i7 920.....
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    maban , November 18, 2009 3:37 AM
    dell-free but fatal1crap infested
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    xophaser , November 18, 2009 6:59 AM
    Isn't the same business model of Falcon NW computer. High-end gaming rig with a paint-job, pricey too.
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    anamaniac , November 18, 2009 9:55 AM
    Nice to see they are contracting a custom air brushing company, not just slapping stickers on or using a automated process.
    A fried just paid over $4,000 for a i7-920, GTX 285 2GB, 12GB DDR3, a $150 case that came with water cooling (cheap as hell).
    I wanted to slap him...
    Something like this however would be a perfect option for him.

    Face it, DIY is a pain in the ass. For most, it doesn't really matter what they have under the hood, as long as it gets what they need done.

    When building, I damn near wanted to send the whole thing back. (And now, to test for some bunk RAM, I need to remove all slots and test them 1 at a time in the first slot, which is blocked by my HSF, so I need to remove that, which I need to remove the entire MB to do, which I need to remove my HDDs, remove my careful cable management etc. and then spend a day just checking memory, and after all that, go and buy some more thermal paste for my HSF).
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    hack__you , November 18, 2009 10:03 AM
    nice paint job except for the branding....total failure
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    sykozis , November 18, 2009 11:34 AM
    Check out the Bestbuy website....depending on the specs, these Origin pc's may be priced to compete with them. Alienware Area-51 for $2400...and it's performance is only slightly better than the Aurora that is $1500. Only real difference is the Area-51 is spec'd with an HD5870 instead of a GTX260 like the Aurora has. So, if you get SLI or Tri-SLI for $1700....Origin is actually cheaper than Alienware for what you get.
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    zak_mckraken , November 18, 2009 12:15 PM
    There's a market for those machines, albeit a small one. Yes, they are overpriced for the savvy geeks here, but there will always be people without the know-how, or don't have time, or simply have to much money on their hands.
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    jellico , November 18, 2009 1:02 PM
    RazberyBanditBah. I had hopes a boutique would come onto the scene and NOT overprice everything just because it's "custom" or "hand-built" etc. Doesn't seem as though this is it. I'll stick to "hand-building" my own.

    Well, keep in mind that his business model isn't aimed at US. Most of us here build our own custom rigs that easily rival or surpass anything Origin or Alienware could produce; and some of you can probably even do some pretty nice custom paint jobs if you wanted. Wasielewski's market is the gaming enthusiast who doesn't know how to build his or her own custom rig (or who lacks the time), but still wants the performance and the look.

    It's kinda like the custom car market. There are people who don't know squat about modded cars, but would still like to have a 10-second car.
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