ORIGIN PC reveals desktop case that lets motherboard be placed in four different ways

When anyone has purchased a big desktop PC for gaming or work, or if they assemble one of their own, there's only been one place where the motherboard and graphics cards could be placed inside a case. Today during CES 2014, ORIGIN PC debuted an all new case design that supports what it calls Variable Mounting, which lets a motherboard and graphics cards be orientated in four different ways inside.

ORIGIN PC says its new Millennium and Genesis cases allow for the motherboard to be placed in Standard ATX, Inverted ATX, 90 degrees or Inverted 90 degree modes inside. This allows for the board and graphics cards to have improved airflow inside while also offering a better look at the liquid-cooling blocks. The cases also support up to four NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards to be placed inside in SLI mode. The cases also offer a duel hinge front door that can be set up to open from either the left or right side for access to the optical drives, media card reader and bay devices.

In addition, people who purchase the mid-tower Millennium case from ORIGIN PC can later purchase an expansion kit that can be placed on the bottom to turn it into a full tower Genesis case. The kit allows users to add two 360 radiators, up to 12 3.5 inch storage drives or up to 24 2.5 inch storage drives. ORIGIN PC also offers a way to include up to five hot swappable hard drive bays so owners can switch out storage drives without having to turn off the PC.

The Genesis desktops from ORIGIN PC starts at $1,849 with the Millennium desktops starting at $1,629.

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Is it me or does anyone else seem to think that this "Origin" PC is a funny name for a Steam Machine. Origin is one of Steams Rivals and is owned by EA.

The case has a lot of "cool" features, but it still looks (on the outside) like an average cheap pc case that you would find on newegg. why not a brushed metal? Great "new" ideas being marketed but the case looks like nothing special at all. I'm sure a lot of people like this design, but how is this going to grab new eyes....

I've made my own cases for a while, pressing/bending your own sheet is surprisingly easy and lets you get unlimited customisation. All you need are a few tools and some machine screws. The tools are simple ones you can borrow too, not expensive ones you'd have to buy for a one off. Biggest expense was a dremel like tool for cutting out the plates and and air vents etc. But I use it for some much more than cases it was worth it.

Auzeras said,
I've made my own cases for a while, pressing/bending your own sheet is surprisingly easy and lets you get unlimited customisation. All you need are a few tools and some machine screws. The tools are simple ones you can borrow too, not expensive ones you'd have to buy for a one off. Biggest expense was a dremel like tool for cutting out the plates and and air vents etc. But I use it for some much more than cases it was worth it.
Would be cool to see some of your creations

They weren't anything special by a long shot! I only made 3x, one for myself and two for a friend/client who wanted an embedded workstation type design for his desk. This was a while ago and I didn't take many pictures, I'll see if I can't find them somewhere *dives into a pile of hard drives* I've had to use a laptop for the past 4 years so haven't been able to build a decent computer (or case) since.

All of them had quite an industrial feel, the work station ones by design and the one I made for myself because I liked the "weight" and solidness of it. I could also use it guilt free as a coffee cup holder It's kinda similar to Meccano to make actually. Hardest part is working out where to make your folds/cuts beforehand so everything fits, in fact IIRC I used some Meccano for the CD/HDD trays!

I'm building a new desktop this year though, so if you're interested in following along with the build flick me a PM and I'll keep you in the loop. I hope to make my own case for sure. This one should be nicer than the originals.

someone needs to tell origin that booming drum noises and zooming in and out to the same place on the case numerous times does absolutely nothing except make their audience sick.

Also there are really 2 orientations, not 4, simply reversing the f/b but leaving the connectors pointing back or up makes no sense and I doubt anyone would do it.

I like the idea of having a disk bay add on, but thats it really.

glaring red lights? I don't think so.