Corsair buys Origin PC, so prepare for some seriously cool custom gaming PCs

Origin Millennium
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Corsair has bought up Origin PC, a US-based boutique gaming rig builder which has come up with some pretty innovative concepts – most recently a high-end PC that combines multiple consoles within its chassis.

Origin PC isn’t being swallowed whole by Corsair – which already makes its own PCs, and a raft of components and gaming accessories – but rather will remain as a standalone brand within the organization.

So what practical difference might this make to those of you who could be considering purchasing an Origin PC machine in the future?

Obviously we can expect Origin PC to use more Corsair components in its builds, obtained at a more favorable price, and with any luck some of those cost savings could be felt in the pockets of consumers.

Corsair makes a large range of components, including memory, power supplies, SSDs, fancy cooling solutions, cases, and a load of gaming accessories including headsets, mice and keyboards.

Corsair also produces iCue, software that manages custom lighting setups in gaming PCs, allowing for the syncing of RGB lights, as well as taking care of performance monitoring, such as keeping tabs on temperatures and fan speeds.

Hydro help

The initial announcements made were that this iCue system will be built into Origin PC machines, along with Corsair Hydro X custom liquid cooling solutions. And both firms promised further Corsair products will be integrated in Origin PC rigs in the future, naturally.

Andy Paul, founder and chief executive of Corsair, commented: “With Origin PC’s expertise in personalized custom gaming systems and Corsair’s strength in performance PC hardware and the iCue software ecosystem, we’re excited to combine our efforts to create new world-class gaming experiences for PC gamers.”

The traffic won’t all be one way, either, as Origin PC will soon be selling the Corsair One range of PCs.

As for the high-end PC we mentioned at the beginning of this story, if that piqued your interest, the Origin PC Big O combines a blisteringly fast set of gaming components with an  Xbox One X, PS4 Pro, and a Nintendo Switch, all in the one case.

If you like the sound of this revolutionary rig, the bad news is that it probably won’t ever go on sale, being more of a marketing exercise for Origin PC’s 10th anniversary (just to show that it can be done, more than anything).

Darren is a freelancer writing news and features for TechRadar (and occasionally T3) across a broad range of computing topics including CPUs, GPUs, various other hardware, VPNs, antivirus and more. He has written about tech for the best part of three decades, and writes books in his spare time (his debut novel - 'I Know What You Did Last Supper' - was published by Hachette UK in 2013).