Origin PC launches: custom gaming PCs make a comeback

It was with heavy hearts that hardcore PC gamers learned that Alienware was being bought by Dell back in 2006. Many feared that the company's approach to custom building gaming PCs would get diluted by a corporation that needed to satisfy its shareholders. At least one of Alienware's founders, Kevin Wasielewski, thought so, and he left to start his own boutique gaming-computer company, Origin.

Today Origin unveils its first products, a laptop and a desktop. The laptop, called the Eon18 has an 18.4" screen, dual Dual Nvidia GeForceGTX 280M graphics processors, and up to three 160GB SSDs for storage. It starts at $2,600.

Called the Genesis, the desktop has a processor is described as thus: "Up to Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition 975 Overclocked to 4.2GHz LGA 1366 Quad-Core." I'm not entirely sure what all that means, but it sounds badass. The Genesis starts at $1,700, though Wasielewski says the average price would be more around $4,500. Of course, both models give you customization options galore (more details after the jump).

We're happy to see the tricked-out PC business is alive and well, and think these babies could give Wasielewski's old employer a run for their money. But truth be told, in this economy, is there much of a market for gaming PCs?

From Origin's fact sheets:

Origin Genesis Desktop

Overview:
Every gamer knows customization is king. Start by selecting
any of our industry leading cases (or choose your own), mix
in the best in airbrushing artistry with Killer Paint, add in
ORIGIN's elite liquid cooling and you have the best custom
gaming PC in the business backed by an unprecedented
lifetime warranty.

Who wants the GENESIS the most:
• Gamers looking for the ultimate desktop configuration that will maximize their gaming experience.
• Tech enthusiasts looking for the most name brand component options and the best dedicated support.
• Anyone desiring a personalized chassis that speaks to who they are.

Features and Benefits:
• Never be forced into a case you don't want. Choose from our selection of name brand cases or send us a specific case you've
always wanted.
• Allow ORIGIN to push your processor to the highest level of performance with our overclockingguarantee.
• Ensure your system stays cool, even during long gaming sessions and heavy workloads with ORIGIN's CPU and CPU/GPU liquid
cooling systems
• In a world filled with copycats, be original with ORIGIN's custom paint options
• Light it up, with colored lighting options that make you stand out from the crowd
• Lifetime Phone/Online Support and Lifetime Labor means ORIGIN always has your back
• With ORIGIN's dedicated support team you never have to deal with anonymous agents that don't know your name
• 72 hour benchmarks, burn in, and testing ensures every GENESIS ships with only the best performing components
• Triple 1GB GDDR3 NVIDIA® GTX 285's provide the most powerful graphics to run any game with ultra high detail and smooth
frame rates.
• Make no compromises with the ability of multiple optical drive hard drives in your ORIGIN GENESIS

Customization and Personalization:
• Name brand desktop cases or send us your own
• Multiple interior lighting options
• Unlimited painted color and design options

Hardware:
• Processor: Up to Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition 975 Overclockedto 4.2GHz LGA 1366 Quad-Core
• Video Card: Up to SLI Triple 1GB GDDR3 NVIDIA® GTX 285
• Cooling: ORIGIN High-Performance CPU & GPU Liquid Cooling system
• Memory: Up to 12GB of Triple Channel DDR3 Memory
• Optical Drive: Up to 8X Dual Layer Blu-ray DiscTM Burner (BD-RE, DVD±RW, CD-RW)
• Hard Drive: Up to six TB hard drives or more depending on chassis
• RAID Configurations: RAID 0 and RAID 1
• Audio: Sound Blaster Fatal1ty X-FiHigh Definition Surround Sound Audio (optional)
• Power: Up to 1.2KW ThermalTakePower Supply
• Operating System: Genuine Windows® 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
• Dimensions: Varies with different chassis optionsz
• Starting at price: $1,699

Origin EON18 Laptop
Overview:
The ORIGIN EON18is pure portable domination. No more choosing
between lugging your desktop or having to play on a subpar laptop,
with ORIGIN you'll have the best in mobile gaming in your hands.
When you step through the door with this beast under your arm
everyone will know, its game over man!

Who wants the EON-8the most:
• Gamers looking for portability without sacrificing their gaming experience.
• Hardware enthusiasts who want a personalized laptop with dedicated support.
• DJs that want their logo in lights on the front of their laptop.

Features and Benefits:
• See every detail of your opponents demise with the 18.4" Full HD Widescreen
• Put your name in lights with ORIGIN's customizable multi-color top cover logo
• In a world filled with copycats, be original with ORIGIN's custom paint options
• Lifetime Phone/Online Support and Lifetime Labor means ORIGIN always has your back
• With ORIGIN's dedicated support team you never have to deal with anonymous agents that don't know your name
• 72 hour benchmarks, burn in, and testing ensures every EON18ships with only the best performing components
• Dual NVIDIA GeForceGTX 280M's provide the most powerful mobile graphics to run any game with ultra high detail and smooth framerates.
• Don't deprive your ears the fun your eyes are getting. Get the full experience with all your games and movies with the ORIGIN EON's optical
digital out and 7.1 High Definition Audio
• Secret agent status awaits, be the only one with access to your ORIGIN EON18with the integrated high precision fingerprint reader
• The ORIGIN EON18is equipped with a full size keyboard complete with numeric pad for a familiarity essential to elite gaming
• Programmable gaming buttons will give you the advantage in any game.
• Make no compromises with the ability for one optical drive and three hard drives in your ORIGIN EON18

Features/Specs: Dimensions: (H)1.7" x (W)17.25" x (D)11.75"

Customization and Personalization:
• Customizable top cover ORIGIN logo
• Multi-color lights on ORIGIN top cover logo, front vent, and rear vent
• Unlimited color and design options on ORIGIN top cover

Hardware:
• Video Card: Up to SLI Dual 1GB GDDR3 NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 280M
• Display: 18.4" Full HD 1920 x 1080 -(1080p) Wide L2,499CD (16:9 Aspect Ratio)
• Processor: Up to Intel® CoreTM 2 Extreme Quad QX9300 (12MB Cache, 1066MHz FSB)
• Memory: Up to 8GB Dual Channel DDR3 -1333Mhz
• Optical Drive: Up to Dual Layer Blu-ray Burner Combo (BD-R, DVD+-RW, CD-RW)
• Hard Drive: Up to three 160GB SSD
• RAID Configurations: RAID 0 and RAID 1
• Network Adapter: Built-In Wireless 802.11 a/g/draft-n
• Audio: Integrated High-Definition Audio with 4 Channel support
• Media Card Reader: Built-In 7-in-1 Media Card Reader (MMC/RSMMC/MS/MS Pro/MS Duo/SD/Mini-SD)
• TV Tuner: Built-In Digital TV Tuner with Remote (optional)
• Operating System: Genuine Windows® 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
• Keyboard:
• Full size keyboard w/ numeric pad
• Programmable Gaming Buttons (G1 -G8)
• Touch Sensitive Volume Control and Access Buttons
• Battery: 12-cell Lithium-Ion Battery
• Starting at price: $2,599