They say that patience is a virtue, but sometimes the excitement of a new system proves too tempting to wait a week or two for new technology that might be just around the corner. That was a case prior to Intel's Ivy Bridge launch, though there's no reason to kick yourself if you jumped the gun and ordered a rig from Origin PC
. Why? The boutique system vendor dropped us a note to tell us it's currently "giving a free upgrade to Ivy Bridge processors on all desktop and laptop orders that were ordered prior to Ivy Bridge launch." How cool is that?
Ivy Bridge desktops systems at Origin PC start at a little under $1,200. That type of investment gets you a Chronos small form factor (SFF) gaming rig built inside an NZXT Vulcan case with an Intel Core i5 3450 processor, 8GB Kingston HyperX DDR3-1600MHz RAM, AMD Radeon HD 7750 graphics card with 1GB GDDR5 memory, 500W Corsair CX500 PSU, Asus P8H61-I motherboard, 500GB SATA 6Gbps hard drive, 24X DVD burner, 8-channel on-board audio, GbE LAN, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
You can also find Ivy Bridge options in Origin PC's Millennium and Genesis desktop systems, and select EON laptop configurations.