Origin PCs is gaming computer company with a very familiar name. While most gaming PC companies like to try to add a few pounds of “flair” to their systems, Origin seems to be playing it low key and focusing on the performance itself. We had an opportunity to ask Kevin Wasielewski, CEO of Origin, a few questions. Here is what he had to say:
KW- ORIGIN PC builds custom, high-performance desktops and laptops for gamers and hardware enthusiasts.
I understand that there is an interesting story behind how Origin PC got started, can you tell us about that?
KW- The founders of ORIGIN PC are Hector Penton, Richard Cary, and myself. Each of us worked together at Alienware for over 10 years. We helped Alienware grow from less than 10 people to over 700 people worldwide. Dell bought out Alienware and made significant changes to the product, staff, and the support. We decided that we did not want to work for Dell and thus we respawned as ORIGIN PC in 2009 and we have been growing ever since.
How did you get personally involved with computers?
KW- My parents always had a PC in the house and I grew up playing DOS games and then games like Police Quest and Space Quest.
The computers I have seen are all quite flashy, yet not over the top. Is it a ongoing goal to stay away from the gaudy look of other high end BTO companies?
KW- We build the same PCs that we would like to see in our homes. Our style is more about functionality and performance that it is about lights and flashy looks. Some people call it more of an elegant/luxury product. Or course, we also build over the top blinged out PCs by request. Every PC we build is custom built to order per the customer’s request including everything from the desktop case to the wires on the power supply.
What game is causing most PC gamers to seek out a new computer? Back when I was in sales and repair, it was Crysis. Even if they had no idea in the world what it was “Will this run Crysis?” was a continual question.
KW- Skyrim and Battlefield 3 are too great games right now that a lot of people are upgrading for. As far as which game will tax your hardware the most, Skyrim and BF3 are tough, as well as Metro 2033.
So, your computer company shares the name with a proprietary digital distribution platform. Is that a manageable situation?
KW- ORIGIN PC launched in 2009. EA’s Origin launched afterwards and we were not happy to see their logo being so similar to ours. It has created a great deal of confusion from consumers. We actually get calls and emails daily with people that are actually trying to reach EA and not us.
What specifically sets Origin PCs apart from everyone else?
KW - Our EON17-S is the only laptop on the market with an overclocked processor up to 4.8GHz AND an overclocked Graphics card
- We offer the most customized PCs on the market. For example we will build our GENESIS desktop in any chassis the customer wants.
- Our systems have award winning integration and industry leading performance (We hold PCWorld’s Worldbench record for the highest laptop score by a large margin. BTW, we also hold their desktop record.)
- We offer custom airbrushing and customer laser etching (Examples here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.433205652917.229158.91389842917&type=1)
- Our systems are backed by Free Lifetime Technical Support based in the United States and Free Lifetime Labor on Upgrades
- Built and support by industry veterans (I don’t want it to be a main focus, but somewhere you should plug our 10 years of experience with Alienware before starting ORIGIN PC)
If you could make one change to the landscape of PC gaming, what would it be?
KW- Bring down the cost of high end components to make high performance PC gaming more affordable. I’d also put a high end gaming PC inside every Best Buy and Gamestop nationwide so that gamers could test drive and experience gaming at its best.
There are a lot of new innovations coming to PC gaming, which ones are you looking forward to the most?
KW- The things that we are seeing people do with motion controls are amazing. Our grandkids will be puzzled when they see the keyboards and mice that will be ancient history eventually!
KW- Absolutely. We currently sponsor Team Complexity and we work with Rockstar, Ubisoft, Tripwire Interactive., IGN, GameTrailers, G4TV, Game Informer, NVIDIA, Intel, Wargaming.net, and others. We have also worked with Fatal1ty, who is a personal friend of ours.
As far as PC vs Console goes, what are the most important things console gamers are missing out on?
KW- The graphics and the controls. Playing Skyrim at 2560 x 1600 makes playing it on a console is a night and day difference. Playing BF3 with a mouse and keyboard is so much faster and more precise then playing on a controller. This goes back to my earlier comment. I wish we could make trying out a high end gaming PC more accessible so that gamers could experience the difference first hand. You really don’t know what you are missing until you experience it yourself.
Does Origin PCs have any partnerships with HID companies? What devices do you recommend?
KW- We work with pretty much everyone. Due to our experience in this industry and our passion for hardware, we have a lot of great contacts and we work with mostly every company out there directly.
What games are you playing currently?
KW- I’m trying so hard to stay away from SWTOR. I don’t want to get addicted like I was on the last MMO that I played. I like games that I can get addicted to for a while and then move on. J
Right now I’m hooked on Skyrim. I still need to go back and finish up BF3 and play the new expansion. Then I need to play Batman and I have not even touched MW3 yet! So many awesome games to play, it’s a great problem to have!
Do you have any thanks or shout outs that you’d like to give?
KW- I’d like to thank everyone that has supported ORIGIN PC so far. We are a new brand and it’s great to see people supporting us from day one. It’s not our first rodeo so we have a plan and we are executing it well. It’s great to see so many companies support us and believe in us from our past experience and we plan on even bigger and better things in 2012. Look for some new announcements from us on 1/10/12!! Thanks for the interview and happy holidays!