Corsair on Wednesday said that it had acquired Origin PC, a well-known boutique PC maker from the USA. Origin PC will remain a separate brand from Corsair and will continue to offer custom gaming and workstation machines. From now on, Origin PC will start to offer more Corsair products inside its systems.

Both Corsair and Origin PC are private companies, so the terms of the acquisition are not published. The only thing that Corsair announced today is that Origin PC would remain a separate brand and would continue to operate from its offices in Miami, Florida. After Corsair completes acquisition of Origin PC, Corsair will still continue to offer its Vengeance PC, Corsair One, and Corsair One Pro systems under its own brand. Obviously, both companies will continue to honor all existing warranties, purchases, and support obligations with their respective teams.

Since Corsair specializes on computer components, it is natural that Origin PC will over time expand use of hardware from the parent company inside its computers. In the near future, Origin PC is set to start using Corsair’s Hydro X-series custom liquid cooling systems and will integrate Corsair’s iCue software for lighting synchronization and performance monitoring into its machines. Further plans regarding collaboration and integration of the two companies’ products will be disclosed in the near future.

Andy Paul, Founder and CEO of Corsair, made the following statement:

“With the gaming PC market continuing to expand as an increasing number of players make the jump from console to PC, we wanted to do more to reach customers in North America that prefer to buy, rather than build, their system. 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.”

Corsair was established in 1994, over 25 years ago, and originally focused on high-end memory modules. As the market of enthusiast-class hardware evolved, Corsair extended its product range significantly to computer cases, NAND flash-based storage, liquid cooling systems, keyboards, mice, PSUs, and even gaming PCs in the last couple of years.

Origin PC was founded in 2009 by former employees of Alienware after the latter was acquired by Dell. The company is primarily known for its high-performance and ultra-high-end desktop and mobile PCs featuring custom paint and some custom hardware.

By taking over Origin PC, Corsair hits multiple birds with one stone. Firstly, it expands its opportunities when it comes to high-performance gaming and workstation desktop PCs. Secondly, it enters the market of high-end notebooks. Thirdly, it ensures a solid sales channel for its components and peripherals. Fourth, it just becomes bigger and will enjoy greater economies of scale when working with other partners and suppliers.

Kevin Wasielewski, CEO of Oirign PC, made the following statement:

“Corsair is a fantastic partner to help take Origin PC forward, known for creating quality, high-performance products that fully align with Origin PC. With a complete range of enthusiast PC products, Origin PC and Corsair are uniquely placed to create amazing new systems that make the experience of owning a personalized custom gaming PC better than ever.”

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  • bloodgain - Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - link

    This is pretty much the comment I came here for.
  • Dragonstongue - Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - link

  • AshlayW - Thursday, July 25, 2019 - link

    I (genuinely) didn't know Origin PC's custom PCs were known as expensive, but this comment is hilarious :))
  • Guspaz - Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - link

    It makes sense for the same reason it made sense for Corsair to start building their own computers to begin with. Of the things that go in or come with a PC, Corsair makes the case, power supply, fans, CPU/GPU coolers, case fans, RAM, and SSDs... not to mention mice and keyboards (and even mousepads) If they're already making everything in a PC apart from the CPU/GPU/motherboard, why not be the one making the computer as well?

    There's also no reason why they couldn't branch out to making the CPU and graphics card in the future, meaning all that they wouldn't make would be the CPU.
  • Targon - Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - link

    For the most part, OEMs will use an existing motherboard manufacturer to make the motherboards. A fair number of HP desktop machines use an Asus motherboard with a custom BIOS. Video cards are also an area that is a bit risky, so it would also make more sense to keep the video cards the way they are, and simply keep a given number in inventory of any given type.
  • Lord of the Bored - Thursday, July 25, 2019 - link

    Are they the Original Equipment Manufacturer if they buy parts others manufactured and put them together, or are they merely the final assembler?
  • Death666Angel - Thursday, July 25, 2019 - link

    Asus would be the OEM if Dell asks for a semi-custom motherboard and Dell would be the final assembler.
  • khanikun - Thursday, July 25, 2019 - link

    Dell would be considered the final assembler, even though it's all contracted out to have Foxconn assemble it.
  • Dragonstongue - Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - link

    As long as their EVERYTHING works as expected out of the box for warranty and beyond.

    Corsair is "ok" mainly, but some of their most recent chassis left me thinking WITF were you people smoking i.e glass direct against fans the only source of intake air, then next version(s) really are no better in many other ways.

    If you put bloody holes in the top of the damn case at least give a nice perma removable/rinsable filter such as Fractal Design Define C uses for its top filter (though I would have the manget border square and flush/plumb not off center gap AND make sure give a grove to easy pop out when needed)

    is not all that hard to make good stuff when you have everything you need there (tools and jigs and "manpower") sadly many of them totally fubar simple things such as lighting control software that you need driver after driver and even then it not often work properly (prone to fail when many such as Steelseries or Razer FORCE updates)

    anyways, wish them luck, but I not see this being good for "affordable" if they going for a walmart of boutique PC building, cool beans, but, realize is very narrow slope between cool and cost effective vs asking premium price for something you could do a MUCH better job at (easier to work in / replace with off the shelf parts no problems) AHEM HP, Dell, Alienware, Apple, Microsoft, SONY etc ... they need stop that crud, nothing worse then dirt ass cheap fans or mounts snapping and no way to replace besides rednecking a fix or buying a whole new contraption >"(
  • Death666Angel - Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - link

    Now let's see what the new spin off is. Alienware to Dell -> Origin. Origin to Corsair -> Omega? :D

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