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Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

September 7, 2010 at 1:31 PM

Amazing Xbox Slim, PC combo — only $7,669

If you still haven’t bought your back-to-school PC, here’s an awesome option — if you have no intention of studying and just won the lottery.

It’s the Origin Big O, a liquid-cooled behemoth that has one of the new Xbox 360 “Slim” consoles stuffed inside.

Maybe this is what Microsoft needs to really get PC gaming fired up again.

In this picture you can just see the Xbox drive try on the lower right.

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The starting configuration has an Intel Core i7 930 processor overclocked to 4.0 GHz, dual Nvidia GTX 480 graphics cards, six gigabytes of DDR3 1600 Mhz RAM, dual solid-state drives and a 1,500-watt power supply. All for $7,669.

That’s with Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit and a one-year warranty.

The upgrade model — with Windows 7 Ultimate and a three-year warranty — has dual Intel Xeon X5680 processors overclocked to 4.3 GHz, plus four GTX 480 cards, 12 gigs of 2000 Mhz RAM and dual 1 kilowatt power supplies.

Miami-based Origin built the Xeon beast for CPU Magazine’s annual “Dream Machine” feature, but it can be had for $16,999. Insert your own Bill Gates joke here.

To get the Xbox consoles into the cases, Origin takes them apart, re-arranges the components inside and connects them to the liquid-cooling systems. A spokesman said, “They strategically mod it and rearrange the components and ports for optimal usage within the PC.”

Origin designed the systems so you can play games on the 360 “while your computer is busy dominating whatever other task it is assigned.”

I wonder if Cray could squeeze a 360 inside its Windows 7 Xeon box, the $35,449.99 CX1-iWS. It runs the same 24-core Xeon 5600 processors as the upper-end Big O. Could they at least get a Wii in there, so the scientists have something to do while they’re running simulations of the weather or nuclear explosions?

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