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Origin PC Shows Us How To Build A Case With Project Prime

Origin PC Shows Us How To Build A Case With Project Prime
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Origin PC’s Home-Grown Chassis

I’ve toured motherboard manufacturing facilities. I’ve seen memory modules assembled. And I’ve watched graphics cards pieced together. But I cannot say that I’ve ever traced the process by which computer cases are built.

A few months ago, though, boutique builder Origin PC approached me about a super-secret project it was preparing to showcase at CES. The company was in the final stages of designing its own case that would feature support for up to four-way SLI, large E-ATX motherboards, and as many as three 360 mm radiators. Flexibility was the goal—Origin PC also wanted its mid-tower chassis to convert to a functional full-tower and accommodate four different motherboard orientations for optimizing air flow and customers’ window preference. Almost three years passed between conceptualization and the launch at CES 2014.

In our discussions, representatives referred to the project by its code name, Prime. We now know the mid-tower is branded as the Millennium and the full-tower config is Genesis.

Understandably (but still unfortunately), Origin PC isn’t making these enclosures available to enthusiasts on their own, so we can’t really review them on their own merits. Rather, we’ll be looking at them housing complete PCs in the weeks to come. In the meantime, though, I wanted to give Origin PC an opportunity to show the Tom’s Hardware audience how a case goes from idea to production using its Millennium and Genesis as examples. What follows is from the Origin PC team's point of view.

--Chris Angelini

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    MxMatrix , March 21, 2014 3:06 AM
    Awesome, nice view of the development process ... Looks like Origin is dethowning Alienware slowly on design cases.
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    ojas , March 21, 2014 4:09 AM
    But didn't you guys cover a similar process for the Tikki?
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    user 18 , March 21, 2014 4:54 AM
    This does feel similar to the Tiki article, although the Tiki was focused on the entire system and the interplay of its components in a small space, while this is focused on just a flexible case. I was hoping for a more in-depth look, and not a picture story either.
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    iknowhowtofixit , March 21, 2014 6:20 AM
    Oh look, an advertisement--I mean article--for a sponsor.
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    cangelini , March 21, 2014 9:05 AM
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    Oh look, an advertisement--I mean article--for a sponsor.
    Origin came to us wanting to talk about the company's new case, and I came up with an educational angle relating to case development. Our editorial team is separate from the ad guys.
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    But didn't you guys cover a similar process for the Tikki?
    We did something different with the Tiki. In fact, the interest in that piece was what got me thinking about ways to do this one--I wanted it to be different.
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    Bondfc11 , March 21, 2014 9:40 AM
    What an ugly, ugly BORING case. Wow so impressive - another rectangle with some hard edges. Nothing to see here folks, keep moving . . .
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    Jeffrey H , March 21, 2014 10:44 AM
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    What an ugly, ugly BORING case. Wow so impressive - another rectangle with some hard edges. Nothing to see here folks, keep moving . . .
    Well look at it this way, I have a Case that is simple, and not some "Eyesore" that some of these cases are made, the fact is good I have a CPU that currently is both Powerful, but also both Energy Efficient and Quiet too which makes it worth it, some of these Cases I see probably do little to Isolate Noise.
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    ticho66 , March 21, 2014 11:36 AM
    These type cases remind me of the last big ugly gas guzzling American cars. You know the "battleships" with some fins or an odd rounded edge. The death rattle of the American car makers' arrogance. These cases are the same thing. A few angles and areo-dynamic flair on a dying paradigm.
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    Emanuel Elmo , March 21, 2014 12:11 PM
    and yet all i want is the case. Who cares about the hype when you can not just purchase the case.I don't want to buy a full blown pc from them to get the case. The case is what is important.
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    clonazepam , March 21, 2014 12:25 PM
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    Awesome, nice view of the development process ... Looks like Origin is dethowning Alienware slowly on design cases.
    It's just my opinion of course, but Alienware has always had awful looking cases.
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    rRansom , March 21, 2014 2:17 PM
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    What an ugly, ugly BORING case. Wow so impressive - another rectangle with some hard edges. Nothing to see here folks, keep moving . . .
    Not sure if trolling or...But really, it's not that bad of a case. Just imagine the possiblity of it having four different orientations, without having to do some major hardware modifications to make it happen [I'm talking about cutting a piece here and there to facilitate the changes]. Like Emanuel Elmo, I'm also interested in getting just the case. The only time the case would not make sense was if you wouldn't be filling her up to the bring. Then again, I'd probably go with a CaseLabs STH10. :) 
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    hairy_guy , March 21, 2014 2:42 PM
    Quote:
    These type cases remind me of the last big ugly gas guzzling American cars. You know the "battleships" with some fins or an odd rounded edge. The death rattle of the American car makers' arrogance. These cases are the same thing. A few angles and areo-dynamic flair on a dying paradigm.
    It seems they forgot about the mini itx guys too :( 
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    razor512 , March 21, 2014 4:44 PM
    Why cant someone make a fully modular inside for a case.For me personally, I don't care how the case looks (it can literally look like a pile of dog crap), I just want good airflow and a good amount of space, cable routing, and the ability to move things around to better utilize the space inside the case).Someone needs to build the lego of computer cases, allow me to mount just about anything in nay part of the case.
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    john_bossi , March 21, 2014 10:17 PM
    Thanks for this. Not everyone are seasoned pc veterans like some of these commentators and actually appreciate these articles.
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    Joshua Fricke , March 22, 2014 11:18 AM
    just another boring stupid case. wait, whats that on the side of those pictures? Words? yuck. Should have given us a feature list instead. lol jk. nice case. I reall like the bay that can house the radiators of 12 hdds.
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    mcdonh , March 23, 2014 6:07 PM
    very nice case really, I would love to own one, I really like the HDD or Rad Bay down te bottom and I can finally put in all my components in upside down for fun without having to drill endless holes every where and turning my case into an ant hill
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    kamilstoch , March 24, 2014 1:46 AM
    Kinda like the Phantom 410 if you look at the side view. In my opinion NZXT makes the best cases right now, but this one is nice too.
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    gadgety , March 24, 2014 2:17 AM
    Nice read, only missing three pieces of info: a) value added time vs waiting time over the course of the project b) dollar budget from concept to launch, excluding marketing activities c) marketing budget.
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    mcdonh , March 24, 2014 2:53 AM
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    Kinda like the Phantom 410 if you look at the side view. In my opinion NZXT makes the best cases right now, but this one is nice too.


    Yeah I have that very same case and I do agree that NZXT makes probably the best cases right now but this is still a fairly good case.
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    biggestinsect , March 24, 2014 11:38 AM
    Nice article/pictorial. Always interesting to see the design process involved. In my opinion CaseLabs makes the finest enclosures on the market. Would like to see a story on them.
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