Is getting a custom desktop from OriginPC worth it?

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  1. Gundam Eclipse
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    Need a new desktop since my graphic card on my laptop failed.
    However, I have no skills whatsoever when it comes to building my own desktop, and so no, not an option here, don't suggest it. Price is not a problem for me.
    Going for the Millenium version here, with some custom parts.

    The only thing I want to know is, is Origin worth it? I have read a few reviews, and they seem positive, but I figure it might be a good idea to get some opinions anyway. Plus Origin is the only one I have found so far which ships worldwide(At least from what I can tell, correct me if I am wrong.).

    If you have no clue as to what Origin is: http://www.originpc.com/Default.aspx
     
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    Just built a desktop on it...Like $500-600 more than the PC I built recently, and it's maybe half as good. Maybe.
    It's like Alienware. It's trying to sell its mark for way, way too much. Branding every fucking thing it sells with Origin like that makes it worth the markup or something.
    Only thing i liked were the computer case customization options...well the idea, the price was retarded.

    It's also really limited in parts and just shoves the most expensive shit onto a list to mark up even higher.
     
  3. Gundam Eclipse
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    well crap. Guess I will search some more then, I can't seem to find any others that ship to Qatar.
    Though thinking again I could get a US based one, as my relative is there currently and he could bring it with him when he comes here.
    Is CyberPowerPC any good then? It appears to be US/Canada based.
     
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    It will be much easier, affordable, and even enjoyable, to an extent, to buy the pieces and build it yourself. It's not really as bad as many might think: it's actually a bit like LEGO. It's probably less complicated than putting together a model plane; you simply attach cords, screws, and adapters, and that's it.

    The most intimidating part is that you really don't know what will happen until you turn everything on. You can mitigate this fear by attaching each piece indiviudally and making sure they work properly. Some people call this bread-boarding, 'cause you usually place the motherboard on a type of wood to stop it from getting shorted while you try each piece. You setup the motherboard, verify it works, then hook up the next piece, verify, until everything's connected and you're booting fine. Then you'd move everything to the case and be done with it.

    There are precautions you should take, but so long as you're careful, cautious, and not prone to skip steps because you think you understand things (I'm guilty of this), you'd be fine. At worse you'd get something that doens't work, and you'd just request an exchange from wherever you order. I've built three computers using Newegg as a resource for parts and I've had generally good experiences. I know it can be intimidating, but the control and costs are well worth putting the thing together yourself. It's mostly just laborious, taking a couple hours to get everything together your first few times. Newegg even has combo deals if you're unsure of figuring out compatibility, or asking for help. Beware, though, that sometimes the pieces included are included because they're not selling well on their own. Usually it's a case or a PSU that's unreliable or just "low-quality" (and snubbed by elitists :P ). Just read the reviews before everything you purchase if you decide to go this route, and don't be afraid of asking us here or at another site, like Tom's Hardware, for opinions and aid.
     
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  5. Gundam Eclipse
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    As I said, building's not an option for me, for more reasons than the one I have written in the OP, not revealing those :V And as said, price is not a problem, so if I end up not finding any better sites I may most likely end up buying from Origin or postponing this altogether, as Origin seems quite expensive V:
    So yeah, hope you don't mind me repeating this, but is CyberPower any better? I can get one from them ATM via a relative in the US, so yeah V:
    Link: http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/
     
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    okay, give me a bunch of cash and I will build it for you :P
     
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    I went through it and... Well... It's an Alienware clone. They're exactly alike, except Alienware have custom cases and software.
     
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    They're just clone desktop assembled with normal off the shelves parts. Whats make the worth of an origin pc is the aura that emanates from the brand and customer service as the rest is pretty much the same, except if you want a custom painted case or to have it delivered in a wooden crate.
    aside from the config, there are shipping charges (265$ for Qatar).

    If you want to do business with me, I'm pretty sure I can beat their price by 100-200$, no custom paint and wooden crate though. ;)
     
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    I personally ordered a Desktop Millennium from ORIGIN about 3-4 months ago and I have to say, it's the fastest PC I have ever owned by far!

    Here are the specs of my machine:

    Shinobi Case
    Overclocked Intel Core i5 3570K
    ORIGIN PC Frostbyte 120 LIquid Cooling
    ASUS P8Z77-V LK (USB 3.0, SATA 6Gb/s)
    8 GB Corsair Vengeance RAM
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 Graphics Card
    120 Corsair Force GT SSD
    1 TB Sata 2nd drive
    550 Watt Corsair TX550M PSU
    Media Card Reader
    24x Burner/DVD Reader
    Windows 7 Home

    These guys also ship via a giant crate for extra protection! I felt like I was in a movie of Indiana Jones when I tried opening it with a screw driver lol

    Anyway, this machine is the best investment thus far for me. The service and support has been amazing! Plus these guys offer FREE 24/7 Lifetime tech support over the phone. I never heard of any company offering that kind of support for free.

    Forget the crowd that complain about building it yourself or getting the parts cheaper somewhere else. These guys are worth every penny.

    My highest recommendation for the OP. Go with these guys. Super cool, gamers like us and EX Alienware peeps that know exactly how to build a machine.

    Thanks good luck!!!
     
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    So wait... they really are cloning Alienware, with actual people from Alienware? No wonder...

    I'm not going to say to build your own computer no matter how much money you save from it and how easy it is... if someone doesn't want to, don't make them. However, part for part, OriginPC is about as highly overpriced as Alienware. Considering the above information... yeah.

    I'll say two things though about the above build. 550W is only barely enough for a GTX 680 - go for 600-750W instead. That and, Samsung 830 is better than Corsair Force (read, more reliable... the Force is actually faster, but you won't be able to tell anyway).
     
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    Personally, if I was getting a PC and didn't want to build one, I'd just get a custom built desktop elsewhere for a more reasonable price than overpriced Alienware or Origin hardware.
    It won't cost you much more than building it yourself, the warranty is not as good, and you don't get the fun of building a PC, or as wide of a selection of hardware, but you get similar hardware for a similar price. A site like http://www.ibuypower.com/ should be good for that, they're getting great reviews for service, price and ease of use of the website.
     
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    When it comes to SSDs I would never personally recommend anything other than Intel. Why Intel? Well I'd mostly say it's due to them having one of the lowest failure rates of SSDs on the market. They cost a bit more than the competition but I'd say that's a fair compromise if you want something really reliable. It should however be noted that this really is my personal opinion and that I favor reliability over having the "best-and-fastest" speeds one can achieve through SSD usage.
     
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    I've heard good things about OCZ as well. They seem to be one of the most popular SSD manufacturers. Don't have experience with SSDs personally though.
     
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    OCZ SSDs are fairly popular because they're cheap and pretty fast, reliability is not really one of their strong sides from what I gather though.
     
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    I have a OCZ and have had no problems with it
     
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    Hi, if you didn't ordered your PC yet, I'd suggest this.
    They make awesome custom PCs and you can personally choose your components or if you'd like they have pre build PCs as well from cheap media PCs to extreme gaming and workstation ones.

    EDIT :
    I just checked it out and it seems that they don't ship world wide anymore. :nayps3:
     
  17. Gundam Eclipse
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    Holy shit this seems perfect, though I am no expert so maybe my opinion is pointless welp.

    Tried setting up a PC using their configurator, does it look any good?:
    Warning: Spoilers inside!
    Seems cheaper and more powerful than Origin at the same time, though again, not much knowledge/experience here :V
    I just have one question, that CPU can handle emulating games like Xenoblade, right?
     
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    I5-2500K I wanted to think would be best bang for buck as far as performance goes. If you have money though it doesn't hurt to go up though increase is miniscal for gaming. Don't know what noise reduction is (the part that is) to offer an opinion. Same with soundcard, though having a dedicated one is nice to have.

    As for harddrive, I HIGHLY recommend getting a Solid State Drive as primary, and getting a 1TB+ as secondary drive. SSD have high read/write speeds that is handy. Your OS will boot up quickly, and whatever programs you have running. Won't make them run faster, but it'll sure as hell make them load quicker.
     
  19. Originality

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    For that build, you must have a high budget. However there are some choices that I would say are unnecessary.

    Strictly speaking, you only need 4GB of RAM, however everybody gets 8GB these days because RAM is so cheap. You definitely don't need 16GB.
    If they have the Asus Sabertooth Z77 option for the motherboard, get it. It's vastly superior to Asrock motherboards.
    1050W is overkill for a single graphics card system. 600W is all you need, and I would only get 750W to be safe for future upgrades.
    You don't need an Intel Pro network card (the motherboard comes with ethernet anyway), especially if you're getting WiFi aswell. It'll be redundant.

    There are a few other things I think are really unneeded, like the UPS, but they don't make as much impact as the above.
     
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    To confirm the above post on the RAM numbers...

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    A single program 32-bit program (or any program at all under a 32-bit version of Windows) cannot use more than 2 gigs of ram (3 gigs if an optional setting is changed and the program is specifically coded to use it). Considering that a large amount of people are still on a 32-bit version of Windows a majority of programs (this includes games) are 32-bit (otherwise they wouldn't run on anything but 64-bit versions of Windows which would cut out a lot of their potential customers), and are therefore limited to 2GB of RAM.

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