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
Chassis Bitfenix Shinobi Red/Black
Noiseblocker fans
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
Warranty Standard 1-year part replacement
45 day free shipping
Lifetime phone support
DVD image
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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  • silverblue - Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - link

    What are you drinking?

    Oh... never mind.
  • DanNeely - Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - link

    Counting the needed OC testing, $100 isn't that much markup to pay for the assembly and install. You're looking at a few hours of work minimum.

    Buildin your own is always cheaper if you have the time; but unlike many OEM systems I have to call this one fairly priced.
  • rscoot - Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - link

    I think that's my only minor quibble with the set up. Come on, Blu-Ray readers are like $50 now.
  • JarredWalton - Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - link

    It only matters if you actually use Blu-ray, though. I've got several systems with BRDs, and I've only used them a few times. Of course, I stream most of my content over the Internet these days (thanks Netflix), so I may not be the best target for Blu-ray in general.
  • nitram_tpr - Thursday, November 24, 2011 - link

    $1800 and no blu-ray drive?
  • XiZeL - Thursday, November 24, 2011 - link

    Onboard Realtek ALC892 HD Audio to play BF3, FAIL!
  • Shining Arcanine - Thursday, November 24, 2011 - link

    Am I the only one that thought about the SGI Origin systems when seeing this article's headline?
  • Zoomer - Saturday, November 26, 2011 - link

    Is there any connection or affiliation with EA's Origin? If not, they might want to change their name to avoid the negative association. And avoid people going on a witchhunt for rootkits on their builds.

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